After 18 years at racing at the top level, Jorge Lorenzo has retired from motorcycle racing.
After 18 years at racing at the top level, Jorge Lorenzo has retired from motorcycle racing.

Five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has just said that he will retire from MotoGP after the final Grand Prix of the season at this weekend’s Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Speaking this afternoon, Lorenzo said: “Hello everyone, thank you very much to everyone who accepted my invitation and attended this press conference, it really means a lot to me and makes me very happy.

“I always thought there are four significant days in the career of a rider. Your first race, your first win, your first championship and then the day you retire. Well, as you may imagine, I’m here to tell you this day has arrived for me. I want to announce this will be my last race in MotoGP, and that at the end of this race I will retire from professional racing.

Article continues below...
Advert
Article continues below...
Advert

“I was three-years-old when everything started. Almost 30 years of complete dedication to this sport, my sport. The ones who worked with me, know how much of a perfectionist I am, how much hard work and intensity I put into this. Being like this requires a high level of auto motivation, that’s why after nine unforgettable years with Yamaha, without a doubt the most glorious of my career, I felt I needed a change if I wanted to maintain this high commitment with my sport.

“Moving to Ducati gave me that big boost I needed and even though the results were bad I used that extra motivation as fuel to not give up and finally win that special race at Mugello, in front of all the Ducati fans. After that, when I signed for Honda I got a similar feeling, achieving one of the dreams of every rider: becoming an official HRC factory rider.”

The 32-year-old then began to explain why he reached the decision to retire at the end of a difficult 2019 campaign. “Unfortunately, injuries soon came to play an important role in my season, being unable to ride in normal physical conditions. This, plus a bike that never felt natural to me, made my races very difficult. Anyway, I never lost the patience and I kept fighting, just thinking that was a simple matter of time and that after all things would get into the right place.

Article continues below...
Advert