News 20 Jan 2020

Lorenzo to become MotoGP Legend alongside Biaggi and Anderson

Spaniard to be inducted at the Jerez grand prix.

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Jorge Lorenzo will become a MotoGP Legend this season alongside four-time world champions Max Biaggi and Hugh Anderson.

It was decided on the day he announced his retirement that Jorge Lorenzo would become a MotoGP Legend this season, and the Spaniard is the first of the three riders who will be inducted in 2020.

Fittingly, the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto will play host – the venue at which he made his grand prix debut on his 15th birthday and where the final corner bears his name.

Lorenzo is one of the most successful riders of all time, taking his first win in 2003 and his 68th in 2018. He was back-to-back 250cc champion in 2006 and 2007 before becoming MotoGP world champion in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

“To be named a MotoGP Legend makes me extremely happy,” said Lorenzo. “When I began competing in this world, what I really aspired to do was to get into the world championship. To be able to win races and then five world championships is something that far outweighs what I expected, and to be a MotoGP Legend is something even more difficult to achieve.

“To be named a Legend means, apart from the titles, that you’ve left a mark on the people and history of this sport. I’d like to thank Dorna and the FIM for their support all these years, and for having included me in this special group of select riders.”

Biaggi will become a MotoGP Legend at the Mugello grand prix, while Anderson’s venue of being inducted is still to be determined.

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