There were 150 attendees at a gala dinner hosted by Jorge Lorenzo’s official fan club on Friday, as the 2009 MotoGP World Championship runner-up enjoyed an event at which five of his ‘alter egos’ wore designs displayed by the Mallorcan rider at various stages this season.
There was also a raffle in which some of the Spaniard’s racing equipment was auctioned, including X-Lite helmets, Dainese gloves and Fiat Yamaha memorabilia.
“I have been impressed. I found it very funny that there were the five Lorenzos, especially in this spectacular venue,” said Lorenzo of the event held at Opium in Barcelona. “This was the first dinner of the official fans’ club; 2009 was the first year with the fan club and it’s very important to me that so many people have come.”
Lorenzo underwent a minor operation last week to remove a titanium plate in his left collarbone, and the 22 year-old’s recovery is going well, as are his early preparations for the new campaign.
“At the moment, the most important thing is to finish taking care of my left collarbone after my recent operation, and I’m much better now,” he said. “Then I’ll go to Indonesia and Bali to rest. Afterwards, we have to begin preparations for pre-season.”
Lorenzo continued, “The first feelings on the M1 are very positive. We are living in very competitive times and must be very happy to improve by a few tenths of a second. I’m also very happy with the work done by Yamaha, and next time it is available we’ll be able to test the new engine with more horsepower.”
Casting his thoughts further ahead, Lorenzo commented on his future beyond the end of next season.
“We’ll see what happens during the year. Never, or very rarely, has there been a situation with the top four riders out of contract at the same time. It will be very interesting to see how it develops,” he stated. “For me, Yamaha is the priority, they have put their confidence in me and I enjoy working with them a lot. Anyway, never say never.”
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