No one really suspected that Jorge Lorenzo announced his resignation at Valencia. Many factors have led to this decision, especially successive injuries in recent years. The worst is a broken spine after a major accident at MotoGP Assen. The challenge of taming the Honda motorbike ended, he gave up. Jorge Lorenzo said a back injury was the most serious, he was afraid of being paralyzed
Jorge Lorenzo: Back injury is the most serious, he is afraid of being paralyzed
As happened to all racers, Lorenzo also had to deal with serious injuries during his career. Previously he always managed to get up again. Lorenzo recalled the events of 2008 in Catalunya: “This is a long process. One of the most serious injuries was a hard head crash, at first I couldn’t remember anything else (2008 Catalunya crash). It took some time to be competitive again, but in 2009 I finished second, and then won the title in 2010 “.
Jorge Lorenzo believes that, without all these accidents, things will go differently. In Le Mans MotoGP, for example, he finished 11th, with a gap of 14 seconds. In Barcelona for example he can end the race in the top six. Unbelievable fear, occurred in the Netherlands. “I’m starting to fear being hurt. At Assen was a serious accident. “… As a result he lost motivation, even after quitting three series (Germany, Czech and Austria) did not make him return fast on the track, he no longer had the right motivation,” he said.
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There was a lot of talk about his possible commitment as a Yamaha tester in 2020. In January Lorenzo would make a kind of announcement, thereby clarifying his ‘presence on the paddock’. In this period, the five-time MotoGP world champion had plenty of time to recover, especially at the physical level. “Accidents speed up my (retirement) decision,” he said during an interview with BT Sport. “If not, I’ll continue.”