2nd - Jorge Lorenzo Average score out of ten: 9.02 Team: Yamaha Factory Racing Bike: YZR-M1 (Factory) Wins: 8 Podiums: 14 Poles: 4 Fastest Laps: 2 Championship points: 330 (19.4 points per start average) Championship position: 2nd out of 27

Runner-up in this year's MotoGP Word Championship, Jorge Lorenzo also claims second place in your Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll.

Lorenzo - the 2010 vote winner - finished second in last year's poll with an average score of 8.57 out of 10. That increased to a mighty 9.02 this year, a figure that would normally be enough to claim the top spot, but as in the world championship Lorenzo just lost out.

Often overshadowed in the pre-season media spotlight by Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, reigning champion Lorenzo let his riding do the talking as he sought to claim back-to-back titles for Yamaha.

Three wins from the opening six races elevated Lorenzo to the status of title favourite, but consecutive collarbone injuries at Assen and Sachsenring left him facing an uphill battle.

For bravery and determination alone, Lorenzo's performance at Assen - finishing fifth just two days after surgery - was incredible.

A cut above his fellow Yamaha riders, Lorenzo's valiant attempt to close down Marquez saw him provide the only real opposition to the Repsol Honda riders in the second half of the season.

Renowned for his speed and smoothness, Lorenzo - frustrated that Race Direction had not taken a tougher line with Marquez - responded by unleashing his street-fighting side during some physical end-of-season battles.

Lorenzo was ultimately left just four points shy of Marquez, but 93 points ahead of his team-mate Rossi, despite missing the German GP. Lorenzo also scored the most race wins of the year (eight), even though his M1 could only provide two fastest race laps.

About the vote:
Over 30,000 votes were cast for the 2013 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers were asked to award each of this year's full-time participants - only Ben Spies and Karel Abraham, injured for large parts of the season, were not included - with a mark out of ten.

The average score for each rider was then used to determine the final ranking, which will be revealed in full once the winner is announced.

Voting instructions were as follows: "It's your vote, which means the criterion is entirely up to you. If you feel results are all that matter in racing, vote according to the championship standings or race wins. However most will feel factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality should also be taken into account.

"Remember, it's not just about who you want as the winner - often the most difficult decisions will be how highly to mark riders that finished lower down in the standings, on less competitive machinery."

Last year was the first year that the reigning MotoGP world champion had not won the Crash.net vote, will that be repeated in 2013?

2013 MotoGP Rider of the Year: Results so far 2nd Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing 9.02 3rd Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 7.624th Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7.20 5th Aleix Espargaro SPA Power Electronics Aspar 6.97 6th Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing 6.91 7th Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP 6.29 8th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 6.17 9th Alvaro Bautista SPA Go&Fun Honda Gresini 5.90 10th Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team 5.48

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