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On Thursday at the 2019 Valencia GP, in a Press Conference alongside Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo confirmed he would be retiring from the sport after Sunday’s race.
"I want to announce this will be my last race in MotoGP"
“There are four significant days in the career of a rider. Your first race, your first win, your first Championship and the day you retire. I’m here to tell you this day has arrived for me. I want to announce this will be my last race in MotoGP,” began Lorenzo, in front of a packed media room to announce his retirement.
"Lorenzo will be a MotoGP Legend in Jerez"
In his glistening career, Lorenzo claimed 69 pole positions, 68 wins, 152 podiums, and five World Champion titles, three of those in MotoGP™.
Jorge Lorenzo: 18 years in the World Championship
Throughout his 18-year career, there are tons of moments we’ll remember. But we picked out a few that stand out. His heroics at Assen in 2013, beating Marc Marquez at Mugello in 2016 by 0.019 and more.
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Unsurprisingly and rightly so, riders – including some of his fiercest rivals – gave Lorenzo a fitting tribute. Former Team Managers, chief engineers and other paddock personnel joined in celebration of Lorenzo’s phenomenal career.
The paddock reacts to Lorenzo's retirement #ThankYouJorge
Now, a new chapter awaits. Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Alex Marquez picks up Lorenzo’s Repsol Honda seat for 2020, joining brother Marc Marquez. It’ll be a strange season without Lorenzo, but it looks set to be an unmissable one all the same.
The final farewell of a legend #ThankYouJorge
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