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Jorge Lorenzo
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Jorge Lorenzo
Nationality Spanish
Date of birth May 4, 1987 (1987-05-04) (age 22)
Place of birth Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Website www.lorenzo99.com
MotoGP Record
Current team Fiat Yamaha Team
Bike number 99
Championships 250cc - 2006, 2007
Race starts 126
Wins 26
Podium finishes 54
Pole positions 35
Fastest laps 12
Points 1457
2009 championship position 2nd (245 points)

Jorge Lorenzo (born May 4, 1987 in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain), is a professional motorcycle road racer. He was the 2006 and 2007 250cc World Champion.[1 ]

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125s and 250s

Lorenzo made his championship debut on his fifteenth birthday, on the second qualifying day for the 2002 125cc Spanish Grand Prix - having to miss Friday practice as he was not old enough to race. Lorenzo dominated the 2007 250cc World Championship.[2 ] His nine pole positions led to nine victories in 2007, and all his 2006 poles bar Motegi led to victories in 2006.

Jorge'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 250cc GP class -- with one more victory than Dani Pedrosa and Sito Pons.

MotoGP

After being linked with a Yamaha MotoGP ride for 2008,[3 ] on 25 July 2007 he was confirmed as Valentino Rossi's partner on a two year deal for the 2008 MotoGP season.[4][5 ]

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2008

Lorenzo made a great start to his MotoGP career, after qualifying on pole for the Qatar night race on March 8 and placing 2nd. 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. In doing so, he became the youngest rider in MotoGP to finish on the podium in his first three races,[6] taking the record from compatriot (and bitter rival)[7] Dani Pedrosa by a single day.

Jorge Lorenzo's major highside crash at the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix.

By this stage of the Championship, Lorenzo was in joint first place with Pedrosa, but on May 1, 2008 Lorenzo was thrown from his bike during practice for the MotoGP Grand Prix of China. Lorenzo suffered a chipped bone and snapped ligament in his left ankle, and a fractured bone in his right. [8] He was still able to finish the race in 4th place. Two weeks later at Le Mans, Lorenzo suffered two accidents in the practice sessions but managed to post a 2nd place result.[9] In the following race in Italy he crashed during the race after qualifying seventh on the grid,[10] The next week at Catalunya he experienced his fifth crash in four meetings, the practice session accident forcing him to miss the race.

Another major crash for Lorenzo at the 2008 United States Grand Prix.

At both Donington Park and Assen he was observed to be riding more conservatively after a series of injuries, but moved up the order in the later part of the race to finish 6th in each case. He has commented that he is stronger in the latter parts of races, preferring the bike when it is low on fuel. In the next meeting at Sachsenring, however, Lorenzo crashed out of the race during very wet conditions.[11] Lorenzo suffered yet more injuries to his feet at the USGP at Laguna Seca on July 20, when he experienced his seventh crash in only three months. During the first lap a spectacular highside left Lorenzo with a sore right foot (or ankle) and three broken bones in his left foot, specifically the third, fourth and fifth metatarsals. 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 position.

2009

In 2009 Lorenzo stayed with Yamaha. His season started strongly, with two wins out of four races: in Japan and France. Two crashes later in the season, during rain hit British Grand Prix and at Brno have hampered his title bid, as he laid 50 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi prompting Lorenzo to claim his chances of winning the title have gone.[12] He won at Indianapolis, while both Rossi and Pedrosa crashed, reducing Lorenzo's gap to Rossi to 25 points.[13][14]

Future

On 25 August 2009, Lorenzo ended speculation surrounding a possible move to Honda or Ducati by signing a contract to race with Yamaha in the 2010 MotoGP Championship.[15]

Grand Prix career statistics

[16]

By season

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2002 125cc Derbi RS 125 14 0 0 0 0 21 21st
2003 125cc Derbi RS 125 16 1 2 1 1 79 12th
2004 125cc Derbi RSA 125 16 3 7 2 2 179 4th
2005 250cc Honda RS250RW 15 0 6 4 0 167 5th
2006 250cc Aprilia RSW 250 16 8 11 10 1 289 1st
2007 250cc Aprilia RSW 250 17 9 12 9 3 312 1st
2008 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha-YMR 17 1 6 4 1 190 4th
2009 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha-YMR 17 4 12 5 4 245 2nd
Total 126 26 56 35 12 1457
  • * Season in progress.

By class

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 2002-2004 2002 Spain 2003 Brazil 2003 Brazil 46 4 9 3 3 279 0
250 cc 2005-2007 2005 Spain 2005 Italy 2006 Spain 48 17 29 23 4 768 2
MotoGP 2008-Present 2008 Qatar 2008 Qatar 2008 Portugal 32 5 16 9 5 410 0
Total 2002-Present 126 26 54 35 12 1457 2

Races by year

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2002 125 cc Derbi JPN RSA SPA
22
FRA
19
ITA
20
CAT
14
NED
16
GBR
13
GER
17
CZE
20
POR
Ret
BRA
7
PAC
9
MAL
20
AUS
Ret
VAL
22
21st 21
2003 125 cc Derbi JPN
Ret
RSA
24
SPA
15
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
6
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
21
CZE
12
POR
6
BRA
1
PAC
Ret
MAL
3
AUS
8
VAL
11
12th 79
2004 125 cc Derbi RSA
16
SPA
Ret
FRA
3
ITA
10
CAT
5
NED
1
BRA
Ret
GER
6
GBR
3
CZE
1
POR
3
JPN
7
QAT
1
MAL
Ret
AUS
2
VAL
Ret
4th 179
2005 250 cc Honda SPA
6
POR
10
CHN
9
FRA
5
ITA
2
CAT
Ret
NED
3
GBR
8
GER
Ret
CZE
2
JPN
Ret
MAL
Ex
QAT
2
AUS
3
TUR
4
VAL
2
5th 167
2006 250 cc Aprilia SPA
1
QAT
1
TUR
Ret
CHN
4
FRA
Ret
ITA
1
CAT
2
NED
1
GBR
1
GER
3
CZE
1
MAL
1
AUS
1
JPN
3
POR
5
VAL
4
1st 289
2007 250 cc Aprilia QAT
1
SPA
1
TUR
2
CHN
1
FRA
1
ITA
8
CAT
1
GBR
Ret
NED
1
GER
4
CZE
1
RSM
1
POR
3
JPN
11
AUS
1
MAL
3
VAL
7
1st 312
2008 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
2
SPA
3
POR
1
CHN
4
FRA
2
ITA
Ret
CAT
Inj
GBR
6
NED
6
GER
Ret
USA
Ret
CZE
10
RSM
2
IND
3
JPN
4
AUS
4
MAL
Ret
VAL
8
4th 190
2009 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
3
JPN
1
SPA
Ret
FRA
1
ITA
2
CAT
2
NED
2
USA
3
GER
2
GBR
Ret
CZE
Ret
IND
1
SMR
2
POR
1
AUS
Ret
MAL
4
VAL
3
2nd 261

References

  1. ^ "Fortuna's Jorge Lorenzo, 250cc World Champion". LondonBikers.com. http://londonbikers.com/news/b33bd4be-e010-42ff-a8b9-d74ec0a69366. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  
  2. ^ "Dutch MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo still the man to beat as 250s head out at Assen". Motorcycle News. http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/sportresults/mcn/2007/june/june25-30/june2807dutchmotogpjorgelorenzostillthemantobeatas250sheadoutatassen/?R=EPI-92325. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  
  3. ^ "Edwards To Race MotoGP In 2008". SuperbikePlanet.com. http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2007/Sep/070912b.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  
  4. ^ "Yamaha net 250cc champion Lorenzo". BBC.co.uk. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/motorbikes/6915510.stm. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  
  5. ^ "Yamaha signs Jorge Lorenzo to MotoGP squad on two-year contract". International Herald Tribune. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/25/sports/EU-SPT-MOT-Yamaha-Lorenzo.php. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  
  6. ^ "Lorenzo undergoes arm operation". BBC.co.uk. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/motorbikes/7349510.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-15.  
  7. ^ "Spain's MotoGP fit for a King". BBC.co.uk. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/motorbikes/7322586.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  8. ^ "Video Jorge Lorenzo Crash Shanghai MotoGP FP1". http://www.asterpix.com/console/?avi=9939761.  
  9. ^ http://www.zimbio.com/Jorge+Lorenzo/articles/2/Jorge+Lorenzo+crashes+Le+Mans+before+race
  10. ^ http://www.crash.net/motorsport/motogp/news/164312-0/no_time_to_dwell_for_battered_lorenzo.html
  11. ^ http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/sportresults/mcn/2008/july/7-13/jul1308-motogp-Jorge-Lorenzo-sorry-for-early-exit/?&R=EPI-101697
  12. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/77735
  13. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/78211
  14. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/78221
  15. ^ "Lorenzo signs Yamaha deal". Insidebikes. http://www.carolenash.com/insidebikes/bike-news/lorenzo-signs-yamaha-deal.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  16. ^ "Rider Statistics - Jorge Lorenzo". MotoGP.com. http://www.motogp.com/en/motogp/motogp_riders.htm?menu=riders&rider_id=6060&from=archive. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  

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Preceded by
Dani Pedrosa
250 cc Motorcycle World Champion
2006 - 2007
Succeeded by
Marco Simoncelli

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