MotoGP »'s Top 10 MotoGP Riders - 2nd

Jorge Lorenzo builds on the promise of his maiden MotoGP season to win four times and take the title fight to team-mate Valentino Rossi in 2009
Having exploded onto the MotoGP scene in his rookie season last year, Jorge Lorenzo added some substance to his occasionally erratic style in 2009 by providing Valentino Rossi his most convincing inter-team rivalry yet.

Hitting the headlines for winning only his third race in the top flight, as well as committing some rather spectacular accidents, a calmer Lorenzo entered the 2009 season determined to avoid the 'second-year blues' that often afflict promising debutants.

He certainly didn't waste time dispelling that myth, the Spaniard winning two of the first four races, even if a retirement on home soil at Jerez prevented him from pulling out an early advantage.

With Casey Stoner falling by the wayside by virtue of his impending sabbatical, the title challenge would boil down to a two-horse race. Still tight as the season approached the latter stages, two consecutive retirements at Donington Park and at Brno – where he had been leading – would provide the decisive blow to his assault.

While two more wins at Indianapolis and Estoril would follow, Lorenzo could not lift himself off the back foot and Rossi emerged as the winner by 45 points.

Testament to Lorenzo's potential missed opportunity, he was still a comfortable second position in the standings, yet only one other rider would suffer more retirements all season.

Retirements aside, there was a marked improvement in Lorenzo's performances in 2009 because, at times, even Rossi and Stonere were unable to touch him.

Provided he can add consistency to his game, it isn't surprising that Lorenzo is already being touted as the man to step into Rossi's shoes.

As tempted as he may have been by a switch to Honda, there is a sense Lorenzo has more to come and beating Rossi in the same team would certainly go down as an immense MotoGP coup…


Team: Fiat Yamaha Team
Bike: Yamaha YZR-M1

Championship position: 2nd
Points: 261

Races: 17
Pole positions: 5
Victories: 4
Podiums: 12
Best results: 1st (Motegi, Le Mans, Indianapolis, Misano)
Points finishes: 13

Top 10 MotoGP Rider of the Year 2008: 3rd

Top 10 MotoGP Rider of the Year 2009:

3 - Colin Edwards
4 - Casey Stoner
5 - Dani Pedrosa
6 - Marco Melandri
7 - Andrea Dovizioso
8 - Toni Elias
9 - Loris Capirossi
10 - Nicky Hayden

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bridgestone - Unregistered

December 19, 2009 10:35 AM

who is he? he's lorenzo 2nd in world champion standing. he's the one this year that took a fight to rossi. he's the one that could challenge for victory he was the one who could fight for the worldchampionchip. ain't that enough? oh and i'm a rossi fan. and i don't like it when he bring fire on rossi's a$$. but i can't deny that he's a great rider. he's a rider who's out of the shadow of rossi.

Md Zane

December 19, 2009 1:06 PM

Hi and I welcome all to the annual w4nking competition between rocker and motogp fan,these 2 masters of this event are getting ready to start and are not far from the starting line,but oh no wait, it seems that rocker has come off before the start bwhahahahahahah,well after the premature end to this race we can now crown motogp fan TO BE THE BEST TO55ER ON CRASH.

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