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Top ten MotoGP stars: Jorge Lorenzo [3].

Crash.net recently asked for your MotoGP star of 2008, from a shortlist of ten riders provided, and - with voting having now closed - the time has come to reveal the results.

During the next ten weekdays, we will be revealing the voting results in reverse order, with the winner being revealed on Wednesday December 3.

More than 54,000 votes were cast for the MotoGP poll. The average score given for each rider was used to produce the final ranking.

MotoGP Star of the Year - third place:

Name: Jorge Lorenzo
Team: Fiat Yamaha
Bike: Yamaha YZR-M1
Wins: 1
Podiums: 6
Pole Positions: 4
Fastest laps: 1
Championship points: 190
Championship position: 4th

Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth in the 2008 MotoGP World Championship and in doing so claimed the rookie of the year title. Lorenzo made a stunning impact with three poles and three podiums from his first three MotoGP races with Fiat Yamaha, including a debut victory at round three in Estoril.

However, a massive highside during practice for the following Chinese GP left Lorenzo was fractured ankles and, despite finishing runner-up at round five in France, marked the start of a confidence-sapping run of accidents and injuries that included his withdraw from Catalunya and another huge highside on lap one of the US GP.

But it was during this difficult period that Lorenzo won over numerous new fans. Lorenzo had often come across as 'overconfident' during his title-winning 250GP campaigns, but showed a much more human side as he spoke frankly about the fears he was battling every time he got back on the bike after his accidents - and displayed undisputed courage in trying to ride through his injuries.

Once his numerous injuries had healed, Lorenzo - the youngest rider on the grid - rebuilt his confidence with five front rows and two podiums during the last six rounds and was the highest placed Michelin rider in the final standings.

Lorenzo's 2008 performance was the best by a rookie since Valentino Rossi in 2000 and the Spaniard will have high expectations for 2009. You recognised Lorenzo's efforts and achievements by voting him third in Crash.net's MotoGP Star of the Year poll.

3rd - Jorge Lorenzo
4th - Andrea Dovizioso
5th - Nicky Hayden
6th - Dani Pedrosa
7th - James Toseland
8th - Colin Edwards
9th - Toni Elias
10th - Alex de Angelis

Tomorrow: We reach number two in the MotoGP Star of the Year poll.


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Lamarck - Unregistered

December 01, 2008 12:05 PM

Let's face it, we all knew from day one that Rossi would be #1 and Stoner #2 on this top-10. After that, I didn't think it was quite so clear cut, but Lorenzo thoroughly deserves #3. He made some massive (and spectacular!) errors, but that's because he was really pushing himself and finding out what the bike was capable (or not quite capable) of. He showed some real raw talent that was very exciting to watch. He's also, somehow, turned from being a loathsome arrogant swine into a matured, humble, respecting, but no-less charging rider, which has been a pleasant, welcome surprise.

Dray - Unregistered

December 01, 2008 10:46 PM

Ahhhh..what does it matter...the only person with outgoing personality, charisma and everything that makes a rider exciting is Lorenzo....(Once Vale retires from the sport)...this is the man to be heir apparent to the throne. Like it or not he is quite capable and 2009 will show us. I just hope that he does not get his image sullied when challenging Rossi because he will and words will be exchanged and he will get the brunt of everyone's anger. I am a proud Rossi Fan, but once he is gone I will step in line behind Lorenzo to cheer him on.



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