Lorenzo is a MotoGP legend

Saturday’s day of the Spanish GP closed with an emotional act in which Jorge Lorenzo was officially named MotoGP Legend. Actually, the five-time world champion (2 250cc and 3 MotoGP titles) already was, but now his name appears in the championship Hall of Fame along with many other illustrious ones. Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, has presented him with the commemorative medal and many colleagues on the grid such as Pedrosa or Márquez, have accompanied him at the ceremony.

“Thank you very much for attending this delivery, especially for all the drivers who have such tight schedules. This circuit is very special to me, because I started to compete here and there were many riders and I wondered if I would ever be able to be at their level”, began a Lorenzo who also recalled the moment in which he was introduced to his idol, Máx Biaggi, as a birthday present on the day he turned 15 years old, precisely in Jerez.

And he continued: “After twenty years I am sitting here with a list of winners that I have been able to achieve and I have reached the level I thought, but apart from that I was able to get better figures than other riders, except for Rossi, and all these data are what make me feel proud to be part of such an illustrious list of riders. And I am proud to have and have had the life that I have. I arrived when I was fourteen years old and I couldn’t make my debut in the first two races, I finished the last one a minute behind the first and I looked very weak and unprepared. I was watching idols go by on Friday in the category and I thought I wouldn’t know if I could reach that level. Now, retired, twenty years later, although sadly you have to know how to accept it, in the end I got very good numbers, numbers that I would have never imagined I would have achieved. I have traveled all over the world and I have met many people, facing the best in the world and it is more than enough reason to be happy and to thank everyone”.

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Highlighting important moments, he pointed out some very special ones: “My first victory in Brazil 2003, because I knew I could make a living from motorcycling. Secondly, the 250 world title in 2006. And then the first MotoGP title, when I understood that I wanted and could try to repeat and repeat victories and titles.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, For his part, he said: “It is a very special moment. After this damn pandemic we can do something that we had promised, but that we could not do for this reason. Jorge Lorenzo has been someone very special in this championship, to which a day after turning 15 years old and precisely in this circuit of Jerez. Jorge is a top driver and someone very special who has allowed us to grow as we are growing And that’s why it’s a very special moment for me. We are very proud to make this appointment.”

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