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Jorge Lorenzo – The Real Deal?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Jorge Lorenzo - Can he keep the performances coming?
I must say, I’m pretty impressed with Fiat Yamaha MotoGP star Jorge Lorenzo thus far in ’09 – this despite the fact I’m not much of a fan of his. The kid currently sits on pole for the Cataluyna GP and has shown he can log wins and pole positions in both the wet and dry this year already. The question is, can he take the pressure and keep it going? Is he really a title contender?

Lorenzo started strong last season, his rookie year in the premiere class, taking the first three pole positions and even winning a race right out of the gate. But some big crashes mid-season showed what worldwide pressure could do to the sometimes overly-arrogant Spaniard, and from halfway on in it was a rough ride in ’08, though with flashes of brilliance mixed in.

While in preseason testing for this year he was once again very fast, the youngster was also quick to point out that the pressure is not on him but on his superstar teammate Valentino Rossi, continually reminding the press that “I’m the future and he’s the present.”

But considering he’s presently been beating Rossi on a regular basis this year, I would venture to guess that said “no pressure” is steadily mounting to more than most experience on an average day at the office. As a relative rookie and youngster in the world’s premiere road racing series, having up-and-down seasons for the first couple years is to be expected. Even Rossi didn’t win the title his first year out. But he did win it in year two, which is where Lorenzo sits right now.

With the speculation and media attention building faster than the quick-talking Barcelona Boy can play in down, will Jorge keep a steady head and prove he’s the real deal? As much as I’m biting my tongue right now to say this, it would be hard to bet against him. The kid has got talent…
Post Tags: jorge lorenzo, motogp, valentino rossi
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theunderground -real deal June 16, 2009 12:47 PM
Rossi and Edwards was a different story. Edwards never said he was the "future." Edwards isn't trying to become the Champion; his time has come and gone. He is content with being a good development rider and support man. Lorenzo, however, is a real contender. If you ever followed basketball, it's like having Shaq and Kobe on the same team...look where that went.
ClarkJW -Lorenzo's been the real deal! June 16, 2009 09:52 AM
Steve, I'm sure you keep up with GP's...but you have to understand Lorenzo in the 250's was super young and being guided by a guy who's now threatened to extort and/or kill him. He also competed against the Dani "microbot" Pedrosa and needed to differentiate himself for marketing reasons. I don't have to tell you how big racing is in Spain. Just being a contrast to the Dani has boosted his profile. Add the drama of Dani crashing into him, and its easy to see how things escalate.
Maicomanron -Steve where you been?? Are you a real Motorcycle GUY? June 15, 2009 06:42 AM
Lorenzo! Check out his records. 2 time 250cc champ. I would think he has some stuff to fall back on. As you know Rossi followed this same path up where hes at. Real Deal HUH?
Bikerrandy -is Lorenzo the real deal ? June 13, 2009 04:15 PM
Maybe the reason Rossi hasn't been buddies with the kid since they became team mates is because Rossi feared that Lorenzo was going to possibly take his place at the top. Rossi was sure chummy with Edwards.