Jorge Lorenzo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Lorenzo and the second or maternal family name is Guerrero.
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo 2010 Indianapolis.jpg
Nationality  Spanish
Born (1987-05-04) 4 May 1987 (age 27)
Palma, Spain
Current team Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Bike number 99
Website jorgelorenzo.com
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2008–present
Manufacturers Yamaha
Championships 2 (2010, 2012)
2013 Championship position 2nd (330 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
114 31 80 29 18 1931
250cc World Championship
Active years 20052007
Manufacturers Honda (2005)
Aprilia (20062007)
Championships 2 (2006, 2007)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
48 17 29 23 4 768
125cc World Championship
Active years 20022004
Manufacturers Derbi
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
46 4 9 3 3 279

Jorge Lorenzo Guerrero[1] (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe loˈɾenθo ɣeˈreɾo]; born May 4, 1987) is a Spanish professional motorcycle road racer. He is the 2006 and 2007 250cc World Champion,[2] and the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP World Champion. He currently competes in the MotoGP class, riding for the factory Yamaha team.

Motorcycling career[edit]

125s and 250s[edit]

Lorenzo made his championship debut on his fifteenth birthday, on the second qualifying day for the 2002 125cc Spanish Grand Prix, after having to miss Friday practice as he was not old enough to race. Lorenzo dominated the 2007 250cc World Championship.[3] 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[edit]

After being linked with a Yamaha MotoGP ride for 2008,[4] on 25 July 2007 he was confirmed as Valentino Rossi's partner on a two year deal for the 2008 MotoGP season.[5][6]

2008[edit]

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. In doing so, he became the youngest rider in MotoGP to finish on the podium in his first three races,[7] taking the record from compatriot (and bitter rival)[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] In the following race in Italy he crashed during the race after qualifying seventh on the grid,[11] 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.[12] Lorenzo suffered yet more injuries to his feet at the USGP at Mazda Raceway 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[edit]

In 2009, Lorenzo stayed with Yamaha. His season started badly, with one win out of five races: in Japan.

As a consequence of a crash in qualifying at the Laguna Seca round, Lorenzo suffered a small fracture in the head of the fourth metatarsal in his right foot, contusions to the bones in both ankles and damage to his collarbone in his right shoulder.[13] Two crashes later in the season, during the rain hit British Grand Prix and at Brno hampered his title bid, as he was 50 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi prompting Lorenzo to claim his chances of winning the title have gone.[14] He won at Indianapolis, while both Rossi and Pedrosa crashed, reducing Lorenzo's gap to Rossi to 25 points.[15][16] His first corner crash with Nicky Hayden in Australia was a blow to his title chances and Rossi clinched the title with a third place finish in Malaysia.

2010[edit]

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.[17] Ducati reputedly offered him a 15 million dollar contract to take the seat vacated by Marco Melandri which was eventually taken by Nicky Hayden.

Lorenzo (#99) chases team-mate Valentino Rossi at the 2010 French Grand Prix.

Lorenzo broke two bones in his hand in a pocket bike crash pre-season, therefore missing most of the pre-season testing. He fought through the field to finish second to Rossi in the season opener in Qatar, whilst still not fully fit.[18] 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. Victory at Assen made him only the seventh rider ever to win in 3 classes at this prestigious circuit.[19]

During a break between the Italian and British rounds of the 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, later describing the experience as 'amazing'.[20]

Lorenzo joins second place Ryan Farquhar and 2010 Senior TT winner Ian Hutchinson on the podium, following Hutchinson's historic fifth victory at the 2010 Isle of Man TT.

At the conclusion of the Senior TT, Lorenzo then took part of the garlanding ceremony, in which he bestowed garlands on third placed Bruce Anstey, second placed Ryan Farquhar and winner Ian Hutchinson, rounding off Hutchinson's historical five race wins at the 2010 TT meeting.[20]

Despite nearest rival Dani Pedrosa making up ground in the latter stage of the season, Lorenzo was still in control with five races remaining. Pedrosa, the only man who could still overtake Lorenzo in the standings, then suffered a broken collarbone during practice, causing him to miss the next two races and virtually guaranteeing Lorenzo would become champion. On 10 October, Lorenzo clinched the title with a third place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix behind Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.[21]

2011[edit]

Lorenzo started the 2011 season with four podium finishes in the first five races, including a victory at the Spanish Grand Prix; he benefitted from a collision between Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi, with both riders coming off their bikes, and Lorenzo eventually won the race by almost twenty seconds.[22] He held the championship lead into the British Grand Prix, where he crashed out of the race, held in wet conditions, while running third.[23] 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,[24] and Misano.[25]

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, and underwent successful surgery in Melbourne to repair damage to it, with surgeons able to save the nerves and tendons of the injured fourth finger of his left hand. Surgery was deemed a success and as a result no functionality was lost in either the finger or the hand. Stoner won the championship at the event after winning the race, while Lorenzo maintained second place to the end of the championship,[26] helped in part by the cancellation of the Malaysian Grand Prix after the death of Marco Simoncelli.

2012[edit]

Lorenzo made his race return at the Qatar Grand Prix, qualifying on pole position before taking the race victory the following evening.[27] After successive second places in Spain and Portugal, Lorenzo then won the next two races at Le Mans,[28] and Catalunya; in the process, opening up a 20-point lead over Casey Stoner in the riders' championship.[29] Ahead of the British Grand Prix, Lorenzo signed a new two-year contract with Yamaha, keeping him with the team until the end of the 2014 season.[30][31] Lorenzo extended his championship lead to 25 points, by winning the race ahead of Stoner.[32] After being taken out of the Dutch TT by Álvaro Bautista and a second place at the German Grand Prix, Lorenzo recorded his fifth win of the season at the Italian Grand Prix to extend his championship lead to 19 over Dani Pedrosa. Then he claimed his 2nd title at the Australian Grand Prix by finishing 2nd behind race winner Casey Stoner.[33]

Celebrations[edit]

Lorenzo has become known for his celebration antics, which became more frequent over the 2010 season. Those included Lorenzo imitating a spaceman, and Nintendo's Mario brothers making an appearance at the trackside.

Rivalry[edit]

During his reign as 250cc champion, Lorenzo was known to be very aggressive in his riding, particularly when overtaking others. He was penalised by suspending 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.[34]

In 2011, Lorenzo was seen arguing with fellow rider Marco Simoncelli, who was under fire from Lorenzo for his dangerous riding. Simoncelli retorted by reminding Lorenzo of his race suspension after he was overly aggressive while overtaking a rider in 2005, which included last lap clashing of fairings with Pedrosa and moments later taking Alex de Angelis down. Lorenzo said, "if it doesn't come from you again there will be no problem". Simoncelli put even more fuel to the fire by saying "I will be arrested", to which a visibly angry Lorenzo reacted by saying, "this is no joke, we are playing with our lives here". Simoncelli claimed that he still had his leathers which were left blackened at the knee slider after a previous incident with Lorenzo at the final round of the 2010 season.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Lorenzo was born in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain. In January 2010, Lorenzo got involved with the Oxfam international confederation's efforts in assisting support for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[35]

The character Jorge in the video game Halo: Reach is named for him, after Lorenzo wore a helmet at the 2009 Valencian Grand Prix that replicated a style of helmet from Halo 3.[36]

Grand Prix career statistics[edit]

[37]

By season[edit]

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 Fortuna Lotus Honda 15 0 6 4 0 167 5th
2006 250cc Aprilia RSW 250 Fortuna Lotus Aprilia 16 8 11 10 1 289 1st
2007 250cc Aprilia RSW 250 Fortuna Lotus Aprilia 17 9 12 9 3 312 1st
2008 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Fiat Yamaha 17 1 6 4 1 190 4th
2009 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Fiat-Yamaha 17 4 12 5 4 261 2nd
2010 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Fiat-Yamaha 18 9 16 7 4 383 1st
2011 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha-YMR 15 3 10 2 2 260 2nd
2012 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha-YMR 18 6 16 7 5 350 1st
2013 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha-YMR 17 8 14 4 2 330 2nd
2014 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha 12 0 6 0 0 157* 4th*
Total 208 52 118 55 25 2978
  • * Season in progress.

By class[edit]

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 114 31 80 29 18 1931 2
Total 2002–Present 208 52 118 55 25 2978 4

Races by year[edit]

(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 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
RSM
2
POR
1
AUS
Ret
MAL
4
VAL
3
2nd 261
2010 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
2
SPA
1
FRA
1
ITA
2
GBR
1
NED
1
CAT
1
GER
2
USA
1
CZE
1
IND
3
RSM
2
ARA
4
JPN
4
MAL
3
AUS
2
POR
1
VAL
1
1st 383
2011 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
2
SPA
1
POR
2
FRA
4
CAT
2
GBR
Ret
NED
6
ITA
1
GER
2
USA
2
CZE
4
IND
4
RSM
1
ARA
3
JPN
2
AUS
DNS
MAL VAL 2nd 260
2012 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
1
SPA
2
POR
2
FRA
1
CAT
1
GBR
1
NED
Ret
GER
2
ITA
1
USA
2
IND
2
CZE
2
RSM
1
ARA
2
JPN
2
MAL
2
AUS
2
VAL
Ret
1st 350
2013 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
1
AME
3
SPA
3
FRA
7
ITA
1
CAT
1
NED
5
GER
DNS
USA
6
IND
3
CZE
3
GBR
1
RSM
1
ARA
2
MAL
3
AUS
1
JPN
1
VAL
1
2nd 330
2014 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
Ret
AME
10
ARG
3
SPA
4
FRA
6
ITA
2
CAT
4
NED
13
GER
3
IND
2
CZE
2
GBR
2
RSM
ARA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
4th* 157*
  • * Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Si no soy campeón este año, sí estaré más cerca". La Vanguardia (in Spanish) (Javier Godó; La Vanguardia Ediciones S.L.). 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
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  6. ^ "Yamaha signs Jorge Lorenzo to MotoGP squad on two-year contract". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
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  9. ^ "Video Jorge Lorenzo Crash Shanghai MotoGP FP1". 
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External links[edit]


Preceded by
Dani Pedrosa
250 cc Motorcycle World Champion
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Marco Simoncelli
Preceded by
Valentino Rossi
MotoGP Motorcycle World Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Casey Stoner
Preceded by
Casey Stoner
MotoGP Motorcycle World Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Marc Márquez