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MotoGP: 6 Most memorable races of Jorge Lorenzo

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Jorge Lorenzo is a three-time MotoGP World Champion
Jorge Lorenzo is a three-time MotoGP World Champion

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 season took his first MotoGP World Championship in 2010 - his third MotoGP season.

Till date, Jorge Lorenzo went on to win two more MotoGP championships, taking his overall tally to five (till the end of the 2018 season). The 31-year-old has raced in over 250 races, claiming over 150 podiums and close to 70 race wins. In his 11-year-long stint, Jorge Lorenzo provided us with some truly breath-taking racing action, and in this article, let us look closer the top-6 races of Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP career.


#6 2009 Catalunya

Rossi and Lorenzo had a fantastic duel at the Circuit de Catalunya
Rossi and Lorenzo had a fantastic duel at the Circuit de Catalunya

The 2009 Catalan Motorcycle Grand Prix is something that Lorenzo will remember of a long time despite finishing the race second-best. Only a rookie that year, the Spaniard started the race from pole position, ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi.

The duo riding the Yamaha machines battled each other throughout the race but the picture-perfect moment came in the last lap of the race. Rossi overtook Lorenzo on the final corner to claim a race win with Lorenzo just missing out with a gap fewer than 0.1 seconds. That race showed the world the glimpses of Lorenzo's potential in the MotoGP class.

#5 2012 Brno

Lorenzo lost out to Pedrosa on the last lap of the race
Lorenzo lost out to Pedrosa on the last lap of the race

The 2012 Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix was yet another occasion when Lorenzo's brilliant drive throughout the duration of the race didn't warrant him a race win.

Jorge Lorenzo started the race from pole position while the eventual race winner Pedrosa started from third. The duo from Spain battled for the lead throughout the race, and Lorenzo led his fellow countryman in the final lap. However, Pedrosa performed a stunning overtake on the final corner of the race to claim an astonishing race win, much to the crowd's joy.

Lorenzo lost out to Pedroso with a narrow margin of 0.178 seconds, but his racing class seen in that race carried on to other races and ensured that he would finish in the 2012 MotoGP season in the first place with 350 points.

#4 2018 Catalunya

Lorenzo and Marquez battled for the top stop at the 2018 Catalan Grand Prix
Lorenzo and Marquez battled for the top stop at the 2018 Catalan Grand Prix

The 2018 race at the Circuit de Catalunya had a better ending for Lorenzo than 2009 as he finished the race on the top step of the podium.

Driving for Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo started the race from pole position, ahead of Marc Marquez and his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. The Spaniard started the race strong and had a healthy battle with Honda's Marquez for the better part of the race. Eventually, during the final stages of the Grand Prix, Lorenzo put the hammer down and crossed the chequered flag first with a healthy lead of over four seconds.

This was the 31-year-old's second successive win of the 2018 season, marking his first back-to-back wins since the year 2016.

#3 2015 Valencia

Lorenzo won his third MotoGP title at the 2015 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
Lorenzo won his third MotoGP title at the 2015 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2015 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix decided the MotoGP World Championship in Jorge Lorenzo's favour.

The Spaniard started the race from pole position while his championship rival Valentino Rossi started the race from the back of the grid, courtesy of a penalty. Lorenzo had a fantastic start and led the race from start to the finish, despite the enormous pressure put by the Honda riders - Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Lorenzo finished less than 0.7 seconds ahead of the duo to claim the race win. Despite his valiant effort, Rossi could not finish higher than the fourth place, which ensured that Lorenzo would lift his third MotoGP World Championship title.

#2 2018 Austria

Lorenzo, Marquez and Dovizioso were involved in a three-way fight for the better part of the race
Lorenzo, Marquez and Dovizioso were involved in a three-way fight for the better part of the race

Jorge Lorenzo started the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull ring from the third place while Marquez and Dovizioso started the race from first and second places respectively. However, the Spaniard had a blistering start and led the pack right after turn one.

The Spanish duo and Italy's Andrea Dovizioso soon built a gap and battled for most of the race for the lead. With only two laps to go, Lorenzo passed Marquez and defended brilliantly to take claim his third win of the 2018 MotoGP season. He beat his fellow countryman by less than 0.2 seconds, while Andrea Dovizioso finished third, some 1.6 seconds behind his teammate.

Moreover, this race, along with Assen and Aragon, is one of the most memorable races of the 2018 season.

#1 2016 Mugello

The 2016 Italian Grand Prix witnessed one of the closest finishes in the history of the sport
The 2016 Italian Grand Prix witnessed one of the closest finishes in the history of the sport

Considered by many as one of the most thrilling motorcycle races since the dawn of the MotoGP era in 2002, the 2016 Italian Grand Prix witnessed an epic finish when Jorge Lorenzo crossed the line ahead of his Spanish adversary Marc Marquez with a meagre gap of 0.019 seconds.

With pole-sitter Rossi's retirement early in the Grand Prix, Marquez and Lorenzo found themselves battling for the lead for the most part of the race and Marquez led Lorenzo after coming out the final corner of the race. However. Lorenzo pulled in front of the Honda machine from the slipstream on the final straight to claim a very memorable race win, something that will be cherished by fans for a long time.

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