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MotoGP’s Lorenzo | Almost Street Legal

Jorge Lorenzo News

Sure, Jorge Lorenzo may have pulled of this biggest feat for a motorcycle racer, winning a MotoGP Championship, but he lacks what most others have – a street-legal rider’s license.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) says: "I got my car license at 18 and so far I haven’t felt the need to get my bike license, because it isn’t necessary to be able to compete. But now I need it so I can ride a bike on the road and through the city-and I’ve begun to take steps," explained the Yamaha Factory rider.

But the Spaniard Yamaha Factory Racing rider is getting closer to obtaining his motorcycle driver’s license; last month he pasted the theory test in Spain, and now he is busy practicing is street skills aboard a Yamaha YBR 250cc.

This was Lorenzo’s first plan of action upon returning home from Sepang, where he participated in the first official MotoGP tests with teammate Ben Spies; he spent time practicing on the roads of Mount Montjuic in Barcelona, where many popular driving schools teach students.

Lorenzo received his motorcycle-racing license at 15, so was never in a rush to obtain the street license. But he’s enjoying the task, which involves much slower motorcycles.

Jorge Lorenzo says: "My teacher Javi is the only person in the world who has told me to go slower on a bike, and I have to pay attention if I want to pass the exam. If you go fast, you don’t pass," explained Lorenzo. "I have to slow myself down.

"I’ve never tried to go slow on a bike, I’ve always just gone as quickly as possible, but once you change your thinking and clearly separate that it’s one thing to go fast on the track and another to ride well on the road, it’s easy."

Lorenzo, who finished second overall behind Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner in Sepang I, will be back in Sepang Feb. 28 through March 1 for the second official MotoGP test.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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