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Prodigious Lorenzos route to glory

Prodigious Lorenzos route to glory

After Jorge Lorenzo celebrated retaining the 250cc title at Sepang, his third place at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix giving him the required points to end the 2007 championship battle, motogp.com looks back over the career to date of the 20 year-old Aprilia rider.

After newly crowned double World Champion Jorge Lorenzo celebrated retaining the 250cc title at Sepang, his third place at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix giving him the required points to end the 2007 championship battle, motogp.com looks back over the career to date of the 20 year-old Aprilia rider.

Lorenzo first began riding as a three year old back home in Mallorca, and just months later was taking part in his first minicross races, before taking the Balaeric title in 1995. A year later he won the island´s minicross, trial, minimoto and junior motocross titles.

In 1997 he had his first national races, winning the Aprilia 50cc Cup a year later, before a special dispensation saw him compete in the national 125 series aged just 13 in 2000. He also competed in Europe in 2001, and became the youngest ever winner of a European race.

Lorenzo became the youngest rider ever to compete in a Grand Prix when he made the legal age limit of 15 on the second day of qualifying at Jerez in 2002. He astounded onlookers by qualifying for the race on the Derbi machine and he quickly became an established figure, often out-qualifying his team-mate Emilio Alzamora, the former World Champion.

In 2003 Lorenzo came of age with his first Grand Prix victory at Rio and won three more races before the end of the 2004 season, taking his podium tally to nine, before stepping up to the 250cc class for 2005 with Fortuna Honda.

Although in 2005 the top step of the podium proved elusive, he still managed six rostrum finishes and four pole positions as he made his adaptation to the class. Changing from Honda to Aprilia machinery at the beginning of 2006, Lorenzo dominated last season with eight wins and a record-equalling 10 pole positions to clinch the title.

It was more of the same for 2007, with another season of domination culminating in a second World Championship title. Over the course of the season so far he has taken nine pole positions and won from each of them.

MotoGP Career
- 2002: 125cc World Championship, 21st position, Caja Madrid Derbi Racing, Derbi - 14 starts, 21 points

- 2003: 125cc World Championship, 12th position, Caja Madrid Derbi Racing, Derbi - 16 starts, 79 points

- 2004: 125cc World Championship, 4th position, Caja Madrid Derbi Racing, Derbi - 16 starts, 179 points

- 2005: 250cc World Championship, 5th position, Fortuna Honda Team, Honda - 15 starts, 167 points

- 2006: 250cc World Championship, 1st position, Fortuna Aprilia Team, Aprilia - 16 starts, 289 points

2007: 250cc World Championship, 1st position, Fortuna Aprilia Team, Aprilia - 16 starts, 303 points

Some facts about Lorenzos achievement
- Lorenzo is the third Spanish rider to win back-to-back titles in the 250cc class along with Sito Pons and Dani Pedrosa.

- He is the most successful Spanish rider of all time in the 250cc class with seventeen victories, one more than both Pons and Pedrosa.

- Lorenzo had eight wins in 2006 and nine in 2007. Max Biaggi is the only other rider ever to have eight or more wins in successive years in the 250cc class.

- He is the second most successful Aprilia rider of all time in the 250cc class; only Max Biaggi with 23 victories has been more successful.

- Max Biaggi is also the only other rider who has won back-to-back 250cc world titles riding for Aprilia.

- He is the second youngest rider ever to win back-to-back 250cc titles after fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.

- Jorge Lorenzo has started from pole on 23 occasions including being the youngest ever rider to start from pole in the 250cc class at the Italian Grand Prix in 2005. Only one rider of the modern-era of Grand Prix racing (since 1974) has had more poles in the 250cc class; Max Biaggi with 33.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo

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