Lorenzo tips Stoner, Rossi and Spies as his biggest challenge in 2011

MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has tipped Honda's Casey Stoner and American Ben Spies as his biggest rivals for the 2011 title.

"As things stands now I'd say Casey/Honda is the bigger threat," said Lorenzo. "The Japanese manufacturer is ahead compared to Ducati (where Valentino Rossi landed), but then everyone would say that after the Valencia test. Experience, however, suggests to wait for the first race of the year in Qatar. The red bike has great potential and has demonstrated that with Stoner these years."

"Honda's Dani Pedrosa lacks something in side-by-side racing, while Rossi… well, it's difficult to find shortcomings with him," said Lorenzo. "I'd say his limit is age. He's been at the front for many years, and it can't be easy to be up there for so long. For sure, he's super-motivated at the moment.

"In my opinion, Stoner has more talent than anyone else. The way he rides is impressive, but he isn't consistent; he crashes too much. But when he's calm and focused it's tough to beat him."

American Ben Spies (Former World Superbike champion ) is moving to Yamaha's works team next year, and Lorenzo believes his new teammate will be another major challenge.

"He's really phenomenal, but his presence gives me huge motivation."

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