Valencia Ricardo Tormo Circuit, November 14
Jorge Lorenzo convened an extraordinary press conference in which he announced his intention to retire, during the Valencia Grand Prix he will face his last race.
Born in 1987, the champion from Palma de Mallorca, now a Repsol Honda Team rider, has won five world titles in his career between 250 (2006 and 2007) and MotoGp (2010, 2012 and 2015) in 18 seasons in motorcycle racing. Lorenzo, who has raced with Derbi, Aprilia, Yamaha, Ducati, and Honda, has captured 68 victories and 152 podiums.
Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team Pilot
"There are four important days in a rider's career: the first is when you make your debut, the second is when you win your first race, the third is when you win the world championship-not everyone can do it but I and many others have done it-and the fourth is when you announce your retirement. After 9 years in Yamaha, probably the best years of my career, I felt the need for a change to regain motivation, choosing to move first to Ducati and then to Honda as an official rider."
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer Dorna Sports
"Today is a very special day. When I saw Jorge for the first time, he was not just another kid. I remember well all that we shared. The only word that comes to mind is thank you, especially for creating value for our World Championship. Knowing him, I know he is happy now, even though it is a difficult day for all of us. He has been an incredible rider all these years, and I am pleased to announce that Jorge Lorenzo will be a MotoGP Legend."