Jorge Lorenzo is a very known name in the world of motorcycle road racing. He was a World Champion in this sport several times, driving for Yamaha most of his career.
Lorenzo is one of the most successful Spanish motorcycle riders ever.
He was born as Jorge Lorenzo Guerrero on May 4, 1987, in the capital town of Balearic Islands, settled in Spain in Europe. He grew up in a middle-class family with his father Jose Manuel Lorenzo and his mother Maria Guerrero. He has only one sister and her name is Laura.
He started showing interest in riding motorcycles very early and he soon started being one of the best teen motorcycle riders in the country.
He entered the world of professional racing while he was still a teenager and managed to win two world championships in 2006 and 2007.
He was only 3 years old when he first sat on a motorcycle his father nicknamed Choco made and built himself and gave it to his son.
He was so good at it that his father took him to mini cross races where he competed with other young drivers and he was only 8 years old when he won his first racing competition.
It was a huge thing for him and his family since all other competitors were older than him. That showed his skills and love towards racing.
He won all the races at his the Balearic Islands, including minimoto and junior mini cross.
His national competing career started in 1997.
It was at the age of 15 that he entered the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix and one year later he has won one of the races at the Rio de Janeiro cc Championship.
In 2007 he was the dominant rider of the 250 cc World Championships. He had nine victories the same year.
After winning at Misano in 2007 he gained the title of the most successful Spanish motorcycle road rider.
In 2007 he has signed a very lucrative deal with Yamaha and became their rider for two years.
His partner who also rode for Yamaha was a successful Italian rider named Valentino Rossi.
During the 2008 MotoGP season he had finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in three competition which brought him a title of the youngest rider in MotoGP category to take the first three places on the winner podium at the same competition.
In 2008 he had bad luck because he gained several injuries during the season but they did not stop him on the way to the throne.
By the end of the season, he came up to the 4th place although he had to skip one competition because of his injuries. This was a huge thing for him.
That season ended with Valentino Rossi being the world champion.
In 2009 he was still a part of the Yamaha crew and his biggest opponent was no other than his team member Valentino Rossi who was on the top of his game for the last few seasons.
Valentino finished first in that season.
In 2010 he was offered a very high amount of $15 million to change his team and go from Yamaha to Ducatti. He declined this offer because he was very pleased with Yamaha.
That year was very successful to him because he became the champion of the MotoGP Championship in 2010.
He was so far ahead from other riders that his nearest competitor was the one who missed two races.
In 2011 MotoGP Championship he found himself in lead but soon fell to the second place due to a terrible crash he was involved in which he had suffered the loss of one of his fingers.
In 2012, in the Championship GP of the year, Jorge was so much better than the rest of the riders that he made it receive most first and second places all through the tournament. It was the same year in which he decided to continue his collaboration with a world-known motorcycle brand called Yamaha and so he has signed a contract with the sponsor which was prolonged for two more years, until 2014.
In 2013 MotoGP Championship he had a very tight fight for the throne with another great world known motorcycle rider named Marc Marquez.
Marc was a rider for Honda most of the time in his career and by the end of that season Jorge turned out to be the only 3rd in the final season.
2015 was again a year in which his strongest competitor was his teammate named Valentino Rossi.
Although Rossi tried very hard to win and keep a big distance from Jorge he eventually lost the championship by four points of difference. Jorge even caused the collision with Marc Marquez during the last ride.
In 2016 he was on a good start with three victories but soon fell to the 2nd place during the crash he suffered. He came third behind Marquez and Rossi.
This was his last championship ridden for Yamaha because in 2017 Jorge Lorenzo decided to change his sponsor from Yamaha to Ducatti.
Ernest Riveras is a Spanish journalist and a writer who had written a book about Jorge Lorenzo and his career. The book was published and promoted as his biography and he promoted the book in his home country.
One year later the same journalist Ernest Riveras had released another book about him called “Jorge Lorenzo: My Story so Far”.
In 2011, Matt Roberts released another book called “Jorge Lorenzo: The New King of MotoGP”.
He was such a popular person that one character in a very popular video game titled “Halo: Reach” was named after him.
It was after 2009 Valencian Grand Prix where Jorge wore a safety helmet which had a sign on it saying:” Halo 3: ODST”. After being guest in the game he started wearing helmets which were representing another popular video game called “Call of Duty”. Jorge gained a lot of money from it.
His greatest rival today is Marco Simoncelli who is getting better very fast.
In June 2019 he suffered a serious injury after the crash in the race in FP1 in Assen where he gained a back injury. He still receives medical treatment because of it, and he went to Barcelona to get medical help.
He had a fractured vertebra and a lot of people stated that his crash was caused by his airbag while riding the motorcycle.
Lorenzo also suffered a concussion here. This was a great risk to his career and he had to go through various therapy and exercise his brain in order to regain his skills back. He was very worried that this was going to be the end of his career.
As for his personal life, he was in a relationship with Nuria Thomas. They started dating in February 2015. She is a Spanish actress known for her relationship with a popular Spanish football player called Gerard Pique.
Jorge has over 1,7 million followers on his Instagram account. He has created his Skull Rider brand of sunglasses.
His dad Chico says that his son has succeeded because he is very stubborn and hardworking. He doesn’t like to lose. He also says that he is very organized.
Lorenzo’s nickname is X-Fuera.
He is very close to his sister Laura. They wish they could spend more time together.
He is a proud owner of a beautiful home in Sant Andreu De Llavanares in Spain, near Barcelona.
He owns a lot of cars: Mercedes AMG, Porsche 911, and Ferrari F458. He loves white and red colors on his cars so most of them are in one of those two colors. He also drives a white BMW M# and a red Alfa Romeo Coupe.
Full name: Jorge Lorenzo Guerrero
Date of birth: May 4, 1987
Birthplace: Balearic Islands, Spain
Profession: professional motorcycle rider
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Net Worth: $20 million