Jorge Lorenzo

Factory Ducati Team #99 Spanish

Jorge Lorenzo Guerrero, Lorenzo was born in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain on 4 May 1987. He is a professional Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He is the 2006 and 2007 250cc World Champion, and the 2010, 2012 and 2015 MotoGP World Champion. He currently competes in the MotoGP class, riding for Ducati. He rode for Yamaha from 2008 to 2016. Apart from his three titles in the premier class, Lorenzo has also finished as runner up on three occasions. In 2012, Lorenzo became the first Spanish rider to win multiple premier class titles, and with sixty five career wins, he is fifth on the all time wins.

125s and 250s

Lorenzo made his championship debut on his fifteenth birthday, in the 2002 125cc Spanish Grand Prix. Lorenzo dominated the 2007 250cc World Championship. His nine pole positions led to nine victories in 2007.

Lorenzo's victory at Misano in 2007 was his 16th in the 250cc class, making him the most successful Spanish rider of all time in the intermediate class – with one more victory than Dani Pedrosa and Sito Pons.

MotoGP

2008 Season

Lorenzo made a great start to his MotoGP career, finishing 2nd after qualifying on pole for the Qatar night race. He followed this up with pole at the second round in Jerez, Spain and 3rd Position, and pole in round 3 at Estoril, Portugal. He converted this pole into a victory, his maiden win in the Premier Class. He became the youngest rider in MotoGP to finish on the podium in his first three races.

Lorenzo was in joint first place with Pedrosa the Championship, but on 1 May 2008 Lorenzo was thrown off his bike in practice in China. He was still able to finish in 4th place. Two weeks later at Le Mans, Lorenzo suffered two accidents in the practice. He managed to get a 2nd place. Mugello, the next race, he crashed during the race after qualifying seventh. The next week at Catalunya, he experienced his fifth crash in four meetings, the practice session accident forcing him to miss the race.

At both Donington Park and Assen, he didn’t push so hard, to finish 6th in each race. Sachsenring, the next race, Lorenzo crashed in very wet conditions. Lorenzo suffered more injuries at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, USA, he had his seventh crash in only three months. During the first lap a spectacular highside left Lorenzo with a sore right foot and three broken bones in his left foot. At Misano, Lorenzo clinched 2nd place. Indianapolis saw him on the podium again this time in third position. He eventually finished the season in 4th.

2009 Season

In 2009, Lorenzo stayed with Yamaha. His season started well, with two wins – at Motegi and Le Mans – and two more podiums out of five races, he was leading the championship. Then Valentino Rossi took the lead at the Catalan Grand Prix.

Lorenzo crashed in qualifying at the Laguna Seca, Two crashes later in the season, in the rain hit British Grand Prix and at Brno slowed his title challenge a bit, he was 50 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi. He won at Indianapolis, while both Rossi and Pedrosa crashed, reducing Lorenzo's gap to Rossi to 25 points. His first corner crash with Nicky Hayden in Australia put paid to his title hopes and Rossi clinched the title with a third place finish in Malaysia.

2010 Season

In the first race he finish second to Rossi in Qatar, After Rossi broke his leg in a crash at Mugello, Lorenzo became the title favourite, with a 47 point lead after four wins in the first six rounds. Pedrosa was the only man who could still overtake Lorenzo in the standings, but then suffered a broken collarbone which ruled him out of the next two races. Lorenzo clinched the title with a third place finish at Sepang behind Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

2011 Season

Lorenzo started the 2011 season with four podiums in the first five races, including a win at the Spanish Grand Prix. He led the championship up to the British Grand Prix, where he crashed in wet conditions, while in third. After a sixth place finish at Assen, Lorenzo then finished each of the next eight races in the top four placings, winning two of them, at Mugello and Misano.

Lorenzo's season was ended by a crash during warm-up for the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island. Lorenzo lost the end of a finger of his fourth finger of his left hand. Stoner won the race and that gave him the championship. Lorenzo kept second place in the championship, helped in part by the cancellation of the Malaysian Grand Prix after the death of Marco Simoncelli.

2012 Season

In Qatar, he took pole and the race victory. Also successive second places at Jerez and Estoril, Lorenzo won the next two races at Le Mans and Catalunya, making a 20 point lead. Lorenzo increased his lead to 25 points, with a win. At the Dutch TT Álvaro Bautista took him out and a second place at the Sachsenring, Lorenzo took his fifth win at Mugello to lead 19 points ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo got his 2nd title at Phillip Island by coming 2nd.

2013 Season

He won races at Losail, Mugello, Misano, Catalunya, and Silverstone but missed the race at the Sachsenring due to injury, and finished second in the final championship standings, with 330 points, 4 points behind Márquez.

2014 Season

Lorenzo crashed in Qatar and took a tenth place finish in Austin. First podium taken in Argentina, he only managed one more podium, at Mugello, in the next five races. At the midway point of the season, at the Sachsenring, Lorenzo had only collected 97 points; this tally was 128 behind championship leader Marc Márquez. In the second half, Lorenzo got four consecutive second place finishes at Indianapolis, Brno, Silverstone and Misano.

His first win of the season came at Aragon, also at the next race at Motegi, Lorenzo was involved in a three way title battle with Rossi and Dani Pedrosa to become runner up in the Championship. At Valencia, as light rain fell. Lorenzo took the decision to retire. He finished third in the championship to Márquez and Rossi, with 263 points.

2015 Season

In Lorenzo’s 2015 season he got fourth place finishes at Losail and Austin, then a fifth place finish in Argentina. He then took four successive victories at Jerez, Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona. Moving up to second in the championship, a point behind team mate Rossi. With a third at Assen, he lost points to Rossi after he won the race. Second at Indianapolis, then his fifth victory of the season at Brno. He finished fourth place at Silverstone in wet conditions, before crashing out at Misano.

Lorenzo got a sixth win at Aragon, with Rossi in third. In Japan, Rossi won in style second was Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo had started on pole. In Australia, Lorenzo came second to Márquez. Then in Malaysia he snatched second with Rossi third after a collision with Márquez causing Marquez to fall, whom Valentino accused Marquez of working for Lorenzo. Rossi had to start from the back of the grid for the final race in Valencia. Valiantly Rossi made it up to fourth with some great passes in the race, but Lorenzo came first and took the championship, his fifth world title, by only five points from Rossi.

2016 Season

Lorenzo won from pole in Qatar. In the next three races, Lorenzo failed to win, he was behind Márquez in the championship after a crash and two seconds. Then he got two wins in France and Italy put him top of the championship. But poor performances in the next five races meant he dropped to third. At Misano, Lorenzo would finish 3rd and the next weekend at Aragon, he came 2nd. While in second in Japan, he crashed ensuring Marc Márquez's became World Champion. Last race, Valencia, took pole and the win for his final race with Yamaha.

2017 Season

After 9 successful years with Yamaha, wining the MotoGP title three times, Jorge surprisingly switched to Ducati, who paid him big bucks (or Euros!) to make the move.

Lorenzo had his first winless season in the Premier Class. He showed signs of promise often leading from the start only to drop back in the race.

He was outclassed by his team mate, six times MotoGP winner and second in the World Championship, Andrea Dovizioso. Lorenzo finished on the podium a few times and came 7th in the World Championship.

For the 2018 Season

Jorge Lorenzo stays with the Factory Ducati. He has his eyes on winning the championship this year, the bike is a winner now and he has the potential to win the championship but it will be hard as there are so many great riders in MotoGP now.

Rivalry

During his reign as 250cc champion, Lorenzo was known to be very aggressive in his riding, particularly when overtaking others. He was penalised by a suspension which stopped him from taking part in Malaysia in 2005. Lorenzo's tenure in the Fiat Yamaha team has been underscored by an intense rivalry between himself and his team mate Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo demanded a “wall” built in the pit box to separate himself from Yamahas top ride, multiple World Champion, Valentino Rossi. Which Rossi thought was hilarious! Saying “He needs to copy my information, my style, and my data to try to beat me!”

Lorenzo at the Isle of Man TT.

During a break between the Italian and British rounds of the 2010 Championship, Lorenzo rode a Yamaha in a parade lap around the world famous Snaefell Mountain Course at the Isle of Man TT. He rode alongside former World Champion Ángel Nieto, describing the experience as “amazing” saying “These guys have the biggest balls racing here, I could never do it, they’re only millimetres away from stone walls, phone boxes, shops and houses!” He presented the trophies in awe of the top three of main race.

- Roland Potter