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Spaniard to retire on Sunday in Valencia with five bike titles to his name aged 32.
– Lorenzo started racing for world titles in 2002 with fourth place in the 2004 125cc season earning him a shot in the 250cc class where he went on to win the 2006 and 2007 titles ahead of Italian Andrea Dovizioso.
– The Mallorca man got his first taste of MotoGP action in 2008 for the Fiat Yamaha Team alongside Italian legend Valentino Rossi, who had already won the MotoGP world title five times by then.
– Rossi went on to win the title in 2008 and 2009 with Lorenzo’s runner-up spot in the last of Rossi’s championship seasons giving him the confidence to push on and win the 2010 title on the back of nine wins.
– Lorenzo switched to Yamaha Motor Racing in 2011 where he finished runner-up with another MotoGP title arriving in 2012 when he edged out compatriot Dani Pedrosa by 18 points after a thrilling title duel.
– His final MotoGP trophy for Yamaha arrived in 2015 when his fierce rivalry with Rossi culminated in a breathtaking five-point title triumph after he won the last Valencia race to overtake Rossi in the standings.
– His two seasons with Ducati in 2017 and 2018 saw his form dip, while the 2019 season with Repsol Honda has seen the brave Palma native struggle with injuries.
– If Lorenzo fails to win at Valencia on Sunday, he will end his career with 47 MotoGP, 17 250cc and four 125cc victories as well as five world titles overall.
– At an emotional press conference on Thursday ahead of the final 2019 race, the 32-year-old revealed: “The day has arrived, this will be my last race in MotoGP. At the end of the race I will retire as a professional racer. I love this sport but above all I love winning. I have let myself down and I have let down Honda but I think this is the best decision for me and the team. We are both winners and we always have to fight to win.”
– With Lorenzo set to be made a MotoGP Legend during the next Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, his retirement leaves an exciting 2020 vacancy at Repsol Honda alongside six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez.