Jorge Lorenzo entered the MotoGP class in 2008 with the factory Yamaha team after winning back-to-back Moto2 World Championships with Fortuna Aprilia. The Spaniard finished fourth in his first season, second in his second, and won his first MotoGP World Championship in 2010 – his third MotoGP season.
To date, Jorge Lorenzo has won two more MotoGP championships, increasing his total tally to five (by the end of the 2018 season). The 31-year-old has ridden in more than 250 races, earning more than 150 podiums and nearly 70 race wins. In his 11-year stint, Jorge Lorenzo gave us some truly breathtaking racing action, and in this article, we take a closer look at the top 6 races of Jorge Lorenzo’s MotoGP career.
6. 2009 Catalunya
The 2009 Catalunya Motorcycle Grand Prix is something Lorenzo will remember for a long time, despite finishing the race in second place. The Spaniard, who was still a rookie that year, started the race from pole position ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi.
The duo on Yamaha bikes battled each other throughout the race, but the perfect moment came on the last lap of the race. Rossi overtook Lorenzo in the final corner to take a race win, with Lorenzo narrowly missing out by less than 0.1 seconds. This race showed the world a glimpse of Lorenzo’s potential in the MotoGP class.
5. 2012 Brno
The 2012 Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix was another occasion where Lorenzo’s brilliant riding throughout the race did not guarantee him a race win.
Jorge Lorenzo started the race from pole position, while the eventual race winner Pedrosa started third. The duo from Spain battled for the lead throughout the race, with Lorenzo leading his compatriot on the final lap. However, Pedrosa overtook stunningly in the final corner of the race to take an amazing race win, much to the delight of the crowd.
Lorenzo lost to Pedroso by a slim margin of 0.178 seconds, but his racing class, which was on display in this race, continued in other races and ensured that he would finish the 2012 MotoGP season in first place with 350 points.
4. 2018 Catalunya
The 2018 race at the Circuit de Catalunya had a better ending for Lorenzo than in 2009 when he finished the race on the top step of the podium.
Jorge Lorenzo, riding for Ducati, started the race from pole position ahead of Marc Marquez and his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. The Spaniard started the race strongly and engaged in a healthy battle with Honda’s Marquez for most of the race. Lorenzo finally put the hammer down in the closing stages of the Grand Prix, crossing the checkered flag first with a healthy lead of over four seconds.
This was the 31-year-old’s second consecutive win of the 2018 season and marks his first consecutive victories since 2016.
3. Valencia 2015
The 2015 Valencian Community Motorcycle Grand Prix decided the MotoGP World Championship in favour of Jorge Lorenzo.
The Spaniard started the race from pole position, while his World Championship rival Valentino Rossi started from the back of the grid thanks to a penalty. Lorenzo had a fantastic start and led the race from start to finish despite the enormous pressure from the Honda riders – Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
Lorenzo finished less than 0.7 seconds ahead of the duo and secured the race win. Despite his valiant efforts, Rossi could finish no higher than fourth, ensuring Lorenzo would go on to win his third MotoGP world title.
2. 2018 Austria
Jorge Lorenzo started the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in third place, while Marquez and Dovizioso started the race from first and second respectively. However, the Spaniard had a brilliant start and led the field immediately after turn one.
The Spanish duo and Italian Andrea Dovizioso soon built up a lead and battled for the lead for most of the race. With just two laps to go, Lorenzo overtook Marquez and defended brilliantly to take his third win of the 2018 MotoGP season. He beat his compatriot by less than 0.2 seconds, while Andrea Dovizioso finished third, about 1.6 seconds behind his teammate.
Moreover, this race is one of the most memorable races of the 2018 season, along with Assen and Aragon.
1. 2016 Mugello
The 2016 Italian Grand Prix, considered by many to be one of the most exciting motorcycle races since the MotoGP era began in 2002, saw an epic finish as Jorge Lorenzo crossed the finish line ahead of his Spanish adversary Marc Marquez by a meager margin of 0.019 seconds.
With polesitter Rossi retiring early in the Grand Prix, Marquez and Lorenzo battled for the lead for most of the race, with Marquez leading Lorenzo coming out of the final corner of the race. However. Lorenzo pulled out of the slipstream in front of the Honda machine on the final straight to take a memorable race win, something that will be cherished by fans for years to come.