Jorge signing off with track-load of trophies

THREE-TIME MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo retired last Sunday at the end of this year’s final Grand Prix, staged at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Cheste, near Valencia.

The 32-year-old, from Palma de Mallorca, finished 14th, but that will hardly have mattered to the two-wheeled

multi-champ after his fabulous career.

The Repsol Honda rider Je was 250cc world champion in 2006 and 2007, and secured a hat-trick in MotoGP in 2010, 2012 and 2015. But from 2013 onwards, Jorge reached the top slot just once, because every other title went to Catalunya prodigy Marc Márquez.

During Jorge’s career, which started in 2002 when he was just 15, he has also ridden for Derbi, Honda, Aprilia, Yamaha and Ducati.

He has chalked up 152 podiums, including 68 race victories, to his name, and 68 pole positions.

His father, Chicho, built him his first bike, when he was just three, and he was his technical trainer until he was 18.

Jorge’s mum, María Guerrero, has also competed in endurance and speed competitions, although it is not known whether his younger sister Laura has followed the family tradition.

Jorge has a street named after him in Porto do Son, Galicia, where he spent every summer until his teens, at his paternal grandparents’ home.

After a stint living in Barcelona, where he finished his education, Jorge moved to Lugano, Switzerland, 2½ years ago to live with his dad, who again became his trainer, in 2012. The former “Ducados Bend” on the Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz province) circuit, known as the “cathedral of motorsport” and officially named after the late Ángel Nieto, was re-baptised as the “Lorenzo Bend” in 2013.

He was reserve world champion in MotoGP in 2009, 2011 and 2013, the latter behind Márquez, and came third in the standings in 2014 and 2016.

In fact, his lowest position at MotoGP level, and in his entire adult life, was fourth, in 2008. But his last three seasons have been disappointing. After moving from Yamaha to Ducati in 2017, he finished seventh in the world championship standings, then ninth the following year, before shifting to Repsol Honda for 2019.



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