Jorge Lorenzo is currently the most successful Spanish rider in grand prix motorcycle racing and can boast a total of five world titles in his distinguished career (two in 250cc and three in MotoGP).
Born in Palma de Mallorca on May 4th 1987, everything he achieved in life was at a precocious age. When he was just three years old, he stepped onto a motorbike - built by his father with parts put together from several different bikes - for the first time. Shortly afterwards he began his career by winning his first races in Mallorca against older rivals and became Baleares champion at just 8 years of age. The Mediterranean islands were becoming too small for his talent however and he jumped straight into the Spanish championship, the European championship and the Aprilia Cup. His good performances and constant improvement opened the doors of world championship racing to him.
On May 4th 2002 - the same day as his 15th birthday - Jorge Lorenzo became the youngest-ever rider to make his debut in a world championship race at the legendary Jerez circuit. After three years in 125cc with Derbi, he made the jump into the 250cc category, first with Honda and then with Aprilia, with whom he won two world titles.
With this double world championship-winning form behind him, in 2008 Jorge Lorenzo moved into the premier MotoGP class with the factory Yamaha team, where his precise and elegant riding style adapted perfectly to the Japanese manufacturer's bike. He set pole position in his first race and stepped onto the top of the podium in just his third-ever MotoGP race.
Since then in MotoGP he has won three world titles (2010, 2012 and 2015), finished runner-up another three times (2009, 2011 and 2013) and has proved to be one of the most successful riders of all time: the holder of a record number of GP pole positions (65), the fourth most victorious rider in the history of the MotoGP class (44 wins) and the second-highest number of MotoGP podiums (107).
After nine seasons with Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo begins a new chapter in his career in 2017 as a factory Ducati rider for the Ducati Team.
|Age||29 (Born 4 May 1987)|
|Jorge Lorenzo official|
|GPs started||250 (156 x MotoGP, 48 x 250cc, 46 x 125cc)|
|First GP||Qatar 2008 (MotoGP), Spagna 2005 (250cc), Spagna 2002 (125cc)|
|Wins||44 (MotoGP) + 17 (250cc) + 4 (125cc)|
|First Win||Portogallo 2008 (MotoGP), Spagna 2006 (250cc), Brasile 2003 (125cc)|
|Pole Positions||39 (MotoGP) + 23 (250cc) + 3 (125cc)|
|Fastest laps||29 (MotoGP) + 4 (250cc) + 3 (125cc)|
|Points||2600 (MotoGP) + 768 (250cc) + 279 (125cc)|
|World Titles||3 x MotoGP (2010, 2012, 2015) + 2 x 250cc (2006, 2007)|