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MotoGP Star of the Year vote - 2nd: Jorge Lorenzo

You vote Jorge Lorenzo 2nd in's MotoGP Star of the Year poll
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 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 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.

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December 28, 2013 2:17 PM

I don't think Marquez raised the bar at all. Its not like he blitzed the field like Doohan, Rossi, or Stoner ever did. He lost to Lorenzo more than he won. So, I am not seeing this poll as other than a popularity contest and not a measure of the fastest rider. Marquez rode a great championship campaign...but he has yet to prove he is the FASTEST! Jorge rode a slower bike FASTER! Next year promises to be great.

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