Lorenzo, who won the 2012 championship by 18 points from countryman Dani Pedrosa, will team up with Rossi who has re-joined Yamaha from Ducati for 2013. Rossi managed just 163 points last season, finishing down in sixth almost 200 points behind Lorenzo.
The pair had a rocky previous relationship at the team from 2008 to 2010 and some have suggested Rossi’s return could be difficult for Lorenzo to handle, however he insisted he’d be in control, having learned from the past.
“He (Rossi) is charismatic and has many fans but that doesn’t put pressure on me,” Lorenzo told Gazzetta della Sport.
“When I started out in 2002 at 15-years-old and wasn’t getting results, it did get to me, and I had to fight to stay at this level. Now, after winning four world titles (two at 250cc level) I feel absolutely no pressure. Everything that I do in the future will be a bonus.”
The Spaniard was also confident he could improve as a rider in the future.
“I can still improve at breaking away,” Lorenzo said. “With my riding style I could brake a bit later sometimes or ride in a different way. Also, I’m not perfect in the rain.”