19 December 2014
MotoGP Star of the Year vote - 6th: Jorge Lorenzo
You vote Jorge Lorenzo 6th in Crash.net's MotoGP Star of the Year poll
6th - Jorge Lorenzo
Average score out of ten: 6.7
Team: Movistar Yamaha
Bike: YZR-M1 (Factory)
Fastest Laps: 2
Championship points: 263
Championship position: 3rd out of 27
It was very much a season of two halves for Jorge Lorenzo, who took just three podiums during the opening nine rounds - then outscored all other riders during the final nine events.
Lorenzo's stunning 2013 season had taken him to within a few points of Marc Marquez and a third MotoGP crown, despite requiring double collarbone surgery during the year, as he also eclipsed the efforts of returning team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Expected to again lead the Marquez opposition, Lorenzo was instead blindsided by tyre and fitness issues during the winter. The usually composed Spaniard was still unsettled when the racing began - falling while leading the opening lap in Qatar, making a bizarre jump-start in Texas and admitting to being scared by the damp conditions at Assen.
While Lorenzo floundered, Marquez ran away with the wins and Rossi became the darling of Yamaha with his return to form. If Lorenzo had been offered third in the standings, within touching distance of the runners-up spot, at the half-way stage of the season he'd surely have snatched it.
But the Spaniard returned a different man after the summer break, finishing no lower than second for seven races in a row, including back-to-back wins at Aragon and Motegi.
Trying to overhaul Rossi for second in standings at the Valencia finale, Lorenzo gambled on the rain increasing and made a pit stop for his wet bike. His timing had been perfect at Aragon, but backfired on this occasion, leaving him with his only non-finish of the second half of the season.
Nevertheless, Lorenzo scored 166 points during the last nine rounds, compared with 154 points for Rossi and 137 for Marquez.
Despite that recovery, you clearly expected much better from Lorenzo and he was ranked just sixth overall in the Star of the Year poll, with an average mark of 6.7 out of 10.
Is it the first time that Lorenzo has been ranked outside the top three in the poll, which he won in 2010. However the voting was exceptionally close this year and a rise of just 0.3 in Lorenzo's average score would have put him in third place...
About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the MotoGP Star of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.
Over 50,000 votes were cast for the 2014 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's full-time participants - only Colin Edwards, who retired during the season, was not included - with a mark out of ten.
2014 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far
6th Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha 6.7
7th Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 6.3
8th Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda 6.2
9th Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini 6.1
10th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 5.7
Full ranking featuring all 22 full-season riders to be revealed after the winner is announced.
Jorge Lorenzo in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll
MotoGP Star of the Year 2013: 2nd
MotoGP Star of the Year 2012: 2nd
MotoGP Star of the Year 2011: 3rd
MotoGP Star of the Year 2010: 1st
MotoGP Star of the Year 2009: 2nd
MotoGP Star of the Year 2008: 3rd
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