Jorge Lorenzo Profile

On 6th September Jorge Lorenzo will be visiting the Rocket Centre for one day only!

There’ll be the chance to meet the man himself, get autographs or merchandise signed, photo opportunities and a live Q&A.

In anticipation of Jorge’s arrival, we delve into his life and career and ask - Who is Jorge Lorenzo?

  • Born in May 1987 in Palma, Majorca

  • Full name Jorge Lorenzo Guerrero

  • 2006 and 2007 250cc World Champion

  • 2010 and 2012 MotoGP World Champion.

  • Currently riding for the factory Yamaha MotoGP team.

  • An Alpinestars athlete

  • Nicknamed Por Fuera, or X Fuera - as depicted by the cross on his helmet

  • Known for his flamboyant outside overtaking style

Career - Highlights

Lorenzo got his first bike aged just three, and showed a passion and skill for riding from an early age, winning Minicross Championship of the Balearic Islands aged just 6, a title he went on to win eight times.

Debut

Competing throughout his childhood and teens, Jorge made his Championship debut on his 15th birthday on the second day of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez in 2002 - having had to miss the first day due to not being of legal age. Just the next year he won his first 125cc Grand Prix in Rio, overtaking both Stoner and Pedrosa in a thrilling final lap.

Stepping Up

2004 saw Lorenzo enter the 250 MotoGP class, and quickly become one of the most dominant riders, picking up titles in 2006 and 2007, with Yamaha confirming during the 2007 season that he would be their rider in MotoGP the following season.

His first season in MotoGP saw Lorenzo secure 3 podiums and 3 poles, not to mention a remarkable victory in Portugal. At only 20 years of age Jorge was leader of the Championship, in front of teammate Valentino Rossi. An unfortunate crash in practice in China saw him fracture both ankles, and despite him continuing to finish the race in 4th place, this marked the first of a string of accidents, and ultimately meant he ended the season in 4th place, though he did secure Rookie of the Year.

MotoGP World Champion - and World Record breaker!

Following his impressive - but rocky - debut season, Jorge has enjoyed much success, with his record speaking for itself:

2013 2nd, MotoGP World Championship
2012 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION
2011 2nd, MotoGP World Championship
2010 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION
2009 2nd, MotoGP World Championship

2010 saw him secure his first World Championship, whilst simultaneously breaking the world record for the most points earned in a single season, amassing 383 points by the last race in Valencia.

Despite his 2011 season ending early following a crash which saw him needing reconstructive surgery to re-attach the end of a finger, Lorenzo still managed to finish second, and returned in 2012 to claim his second World Championship.

Greatest Victory - 2013

Lorenzo’s second place in the final standings of the 2013 season is considered one of his greatest victories, in a season which saw him battle injury - including returning to the track in Assen just 24 hours after surgery on a broken collarbone picked up in practise.

Jorge raced through immense pain and managed to finish the race in 5th place, and continuing the season with the same determination, taking it down to the last race and finishing 2nd overall.

But did you know...

- Lorenzo’s Father José Manuel Lorenzo built him his first bike, when Jorge was just 3 years old

- Jorge Lorenzo is the new official tester of the MotoGP Video game. Jorge has been working together with Milestone in testing the game, analyzing the gameplay, graphics, details and realism.

- The character Jorge in the video game Halo: Reach is named after Lorenzo, after he wore a helmet at the 2009 Valencian Grand Prix that resembled a style of helmet from the Halo 3 video game.

- In January 2010, Lorenzo got involved with the Oxfam international confederation's efforts in assisting support for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake

- Jorge keeps himself calm on race days by studying sophrology – a kind of meditation or self-hypnotism.