Jorge Lorenzo @lorenzo99
With five world championships (two in the 250cc class and three in the premier class), Jorge Lorenzo has established himself as one of the most consistent and formidable riders since making his 125cc debut in 2002. The Majorcan is renowned for his super-smooth style and incredible focus. His talent was clear in 2003 when he beat the likes of Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Alex De Angelis in Brazil with a famous move around the outside in the 125cc race. This is where his ‘Por Fuera’ logo was born. After back-to-back 250cc titles, the Majorcan moved to the premier class and took the title in 2010, 2012 and 2015 with Yamaha before a surprise switch to Ducati. 2018 saw him take three wins on the red machine, bringing his twin tally in the premier class to 47. The wins also proved the Spanish rider to be one of the most adaptable in Grand Prix racing. With 68 wins across all classes, Lorenzo is the sixth most successful world championship rider in terms of wins. For 2019 he and the Repsol Honda Team joined forces to create a truly formidable combination.
One to watch (2002-2005)
Jorge Lorenzo was forced to wait until the third round of the 2002 125cc championship to make his 125cc World Championship debut due to the lower age limit. After missing Friday practice, the young Majorcan made his world championship debut Saturday and built his results over the season.
In 2003 with almost a full season under his belt, Lorenzo continued to build on his results and took his first win at round 12 in Brazil. An incredible move around the outside of his rivals sealed the deal and helped birth his ‘por fuera’ logo.
The following year he pushed for the title in the lightweight class, ending the season fourth with three wins and four additional podiums. His results were enough to earn him a ride in the 250cc class the following season on a Fortuna Honda, his first contact with Honda at the world championship level. A year of top ten finishes and six podiums saw him finish his debut season in fifth position.
Now in his second season in the intermediate class, Jorge Lorenzo once again found himself battling with old rivals Andrea Dovizioso, Alex De Angelis, Hector Barbera and Hiroshi Aoyama. The year began with back-to-back wins for Lorenzo, his first in the class, before retirements in Turkey and France.
He bounced back with six more wins, an incredible three straight in Brno, Sepang and Phillip Island. A strong showing from Andrea Dovizioso kept the title battle close despite Lorenzo’s impressive win tally, but 289 points proved enough to crown Jorge Lorenzo the 2006 250cc World Champion.
The 2007 season began in an identical manner for the reigning champion as he again ran away with victory in the opening two rounds. He was peerless that season, missing the podium on only five occasions from 17 races with a worst finish of 11th. Nine pole positions resulted in a total of nine wins that year.
Andrea Dovizioso’s challenge was not as strong in 2007, Lorenzo winning the title 312 points to 260. With a total of 17 wins in the 250cc class, Lorenzo was cemented as the most success Spanish 250cc rider of all time. His back-to-back titles paved the way for a move to the premier class.
An impressive debut (2008)
Jorge Lorenzo’s super-smooth style seemed made for the premier class as the rookie started his first ever MotoGP race from pole position in Qatar. Under the floodlights, he converted pole to a respectable second place but things were only just getting started. The next two rounds in Jerez and Estoril produced more qualifying magic with two more poles. At home Lorenzo claimed another podium but in Portugal he stunned the MotoGP world by claiming his first win, in just his third race. As a result, he left the race as the joint championship leader with the Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa.
Many thought the dream debut was over in China when ‘The Spartan’ crashed heavily and damaged his ankles. Riding through the pain, he finished fourth with gritted teeth. He returned to the podium at the following round in Le Mans, taking to the rostrum on his crutches after two additional falls that weekend have left him battered and bruised.
Mugello would be Lorenzo’s first DNF of his debut season and unfortunately his bad luck would continue to round seven in Catalunya. A heavy fall during practice forced the rookie to miss the race, a spate of crashes pushing his body to the limit of what it could handle.
A more cautious approach in the next rounds saw him return to the points and begin to rebuild his confidence before a hideous highside at the US Grand Prix saw Lorenzo injure his feet once again. A podium in San Marino and Indianapolis landed Lorenzo fourth in the championship that year.
Almost there (2009)
2008 was a season of highs and lows but importantly it was one full of lessons for the number 99. In 2009 he began the season with eight podiums, including two wins, in the opening nine races. Again he was leading the championship against teammate Valentino Rossi.
The pair produced one of the most dramatic races in recent history at the 2009 Catalan Grand Prix, Lorenzo leading until the final corner but it was all still to play for in the championship race. Two DNFs in Britain and the Czech Republic tarnished his chances of a title, but a win in Indianapolis cut the points gap back.
Unfortunately a Turn 1 one incident at Phillip Island forced Jorge Lorenzo to settle for second in the championship, only 45 points shy of the title when the season came to a close.
The pieces come together (2010)
A pre-season injury saw Jorge Lorenzo miss much of testing after renewing with the Yamaha factory team before the season began. With little testing and still recovering, Lorenzo wrestled his way up to second in Qatar and began a run of 12 straight podium finishes. Wins at home in Jerez and in Le Mans moved Lorenzo to be the clear title favourite as Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and long time rival Andrea Dovizioso fought amongst themselves for the podium.
Dani Pedrosa applied some pressure late in the season, but with five races remaining the math was leaning heavily towards Lorenzo. A third place finish at Sepang, with three rounds left, saw Jorge Lorenzo take his first title in the premier class. After a second in Australia and two wins to close the season, the Majorcan left not only as champion but also as the highest scorer in a season with 383 points after finishing off the podium just twice and never outside the top five. Consistency had led to one of the most dominating seasons in the premier class his Mick Doohan ruled the 500s.
A tough finish (2011)
Wearing the number one plate, Jorge Lorenzo entered 2011 with his sights firmly set on defending his crown in the final season of the 800cc MotoGP class. As had become customary, Jorge Lorenzo started the season strong with two-second place finishes and a win in Jerez to lead the championship. A rejuvenated Casey Stoner, now with the Repsol Honda Team, took three wins in a row in the follow three rounds to ignite an intense two-rider title fight.
Lorenzo stayed within touching distance throughout the season but the Australian GP would again be his undoing. During warm up, Lorenzo fell and the lost the tip of his finger after it was caught under the bike. While surgeons were able to save his finger, the title was lost and Lorenzo missed the remaining races to recover. Despite this, the Majorcan ended the season in second place.
Back to the top (2012)
Lorenzo returned to racing with a bang, bagging pole position at the Qatar GP and winning under the floodlights. Four additional podiums, including two wins, in the next races opened a healthy 20-point gap to the 2011 champion Stoner. A DNF at the Dutch round allowed both Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner to close in slightly, but Lorenzo returned to the podium immediately at the Sachsenring the next round.
This second place began a run of ten top-two finishes, ended only by a fall in Valencia. Despite mounting pressure from Dani Pedrosa towards the end of the season, Lorenzo’s unrivalled consistency allowed him to lift his fourth world title at Phillip Island, a track which had previously presented so much heartbreak. 2012 saw Lorenzo finish every race inside the top two, recording just two DNFs – his most consistent season to date.
The pain game (2013)
With the title to defend once again, Jorge Lorenzo began the 2013 season with his usual gusto and claimed victory under the floodlights of Qatar from pole position. At the Circuit of the Americas, Marc Marquez emerged as a title rival as the young Spaniard took his first win. Lorenzo remained focused and bounced back with wins in Mugello and Barcelona, two of his favourite tracks.
But in Assen disaster struck, Lorenzo was thrown from his bike during a wet practice and suffered a broken collarbone. Against the odds, Lorenzo underwent surgery and returned to race on Saturday. In the most determined ride of his career, The Spartan lived up to his name and took fifth to a crowd cheering him on. He may not have won the race, but he had shown himself to be almost superhuman.
Lady luck would abandon him once again at the following round, another fall damaging his still healing collarbone and forcing Lorenzo to miss the race. A sixth place at Laguna Seca was damage limitation before returning to the podium the following round in Indianapolis. This started another classic run of top three finishes as Lorenzo moved himself back into title contention at the final round in Valencia.
A strategic ride saw Lorenzo attempt to keep the top riders together, looking to get riders between himself and Marc Marquez to defend his title. But a third place finish was enough for Marquez and while Lorenzo took the race win, he would finish just four points shy of the title.
Fight for second (2014)
After an almost dream recovery in 2013, Lorenzo’s 2014 season began with a nightmare as he crashed in Qatar. This was followed by a jump-start in Austin, recovering to tenth position as Marquez won the opening two races. Hope returned in Argentina as Lorenzo took third but he would not return to it until round six at Mugello.
At this stage in the championship it was clear that the focus would be on the battle for second, Lorenzo joined by both Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi in the fight. The trio continually battled for the podium spots before Lorenzo snagged his first win in Aragon; also his first win at the circuit. This was followed by victory in Japan as he and Rossi swapped between second and third in the standings.
Number five (2015)
2015 began steadily with three top five finishes, Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez trading wins. In Jerez, the old Jorge Lorenzo was back as he converted pole position to victory and followed it up with three more wins, taking four consecutive victories for the first time in his career. The charge moved him back into the title fight, a single point off first place and in the form of his career.
It was close at the top as the points gap continually opened and closed with teammate Valentino Rossi. A fall in Misano left Lorenzo with work to do and the sixtieth win of his career, achieved in Aragon, helped him to do just that. Second place for Lorenzo in Malaysia meant that the title would be decided at the last round of the year in Valencia. From pole position, Lorenzo led the race with little issue and set the fastest lap of the race on his way to victory. Lorenzo became the first rider since Nicky Hayden in 2006 to win the championship in the last round having entered with a points deficit, a spectacular way to seal his fifth world title.
Sea change (2016)
Confidence was high was again as Jorge Lorenzo lined up as MotoGP World Champion for the third time in his career, once again on pole position in Qatar. A win soon followed as Lorenzo got his title defence off a perfect start. A DNF in Austin made things difficult as Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi finished first and second and moved to the top of the championship. Four races in the top two, including wins once again in Le Mans and Mugello tightened the leading three up before a fall in Catalunya opened the gap up again.
An uncharacteristic slump followed as Lorenzo failed to crack the top five for two races, returning to the podium again in Austria before dipping to 17thin Brno and eighth at Silverstone. Pole position in Misano, the 64thof his career, saw the Majorcan take the then all-time pole record – a highlight amongst a difficult run of form. He would take one final win in Valencia to see out the season, and his time at Yamaha, on a high. 233 points were enough to secure third in the championship before moving over to the Ducati Factory Team, a move which surprised many.
Trying times (2017)
Known for his silky smooth style, many thought that Lorenzo would struggle greatly on the Ducati, a bike known for being a handful to ride. At the scene of his Grand Prix debut, Jerez, Lorenzo proved many wrong as he raced to third position. A run of point scoring finishes followed, fourth in Barcelona and Austria were highlights before a return to the podium in Aragon.
While point-scoring finishes had been consistent, Lorenzo would end the season winless – his first season without a win in the blue riband class. Second place in Sepang proved that Lorenzo was adapting to the Ducati, his smooth style transforming into what was needed.
The little things (2018)
2018 saw the worst start to a season for Jorge Lorenzo since 2003, scoring just five points in the opening four races. Crashes in Qatar and Jerez had many questioning the progress that had been made the previous season. But it all changed in Mugello, the setting for some of Lorenzo’s most memorable wins, as Lorenzo broke his longest winless streak in the premier class and proved everyone wrong with a classic run away victory aboard the Ducati. This would be his sixth win at the Italian track. Immediately it was followed by a second win in Catalunya and rapid progression up the championship points table.
Second place and another win in Austria proved that the Lorenzo-Ducati combination was one to be feared at almost every round. His Austrian victory was particularly exciting as he and future teammate Marc Marquez traded places until the last corner, Lorenzo clinching victory by less than two tenths of a second. This again demonstrated that Lorenzo had grown even more as a rider.
Signs pointed to a strong result at Aragon, but a turn one crash left Lorenzo with a broken bone in his foot. He attempted to race in the inaugural Thai Grand Prix a few weeks later, but suffered yet another fall and sustained further injuries. With the chance of a title gone and a new challenge on the horizon, Lorenzo opted to miss the Japanese, Australian and Malaysian rounds. His relationship with Ducati ended with a 12thplace in Valencia.
A new challenge (2019)
Jorge Lorenzo once again sought a new challenge as he joined the Repsol Honda Team alongside Marc Maruqez for 2019. His relationship with the RC213V started well in Valencia, steadily improving his understanding of the Honda and his lap time alongside it.
|Date of Birth||04/05/1987|
|Birthplace||Palma, Majorca, Spain|
|Gran Prix Debut||2002 125cc Spanish GP (Derbi)|
|GP Pole Positions||69|
|Total GP Podiums||152|
|First GP Win||2003 125cc Brazilian GP (Derbi)|
|Total GP Wins||68|
|World Titles||5 (2 x 250cc - 2006, 2007, 2 x MotoGP - 2010, 2012, 2015)|