MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We will be featuring sections of Oxley's blogs, posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website, over the coming months.
You’ve got to hand it to Jorge Lorenzo.
During 2012 he was the rock in a rough sea. This has been a stormy year of dizzying change in MotoGP: the arrival of CRT bikes, Casey Stoner retiring, Valentino Rossi changing jobs once again and finally the Bridgepoint bombshell. All year, only one thing stayed truly consistent: Lorenzo.
His results at the 16 races he finished on his way to the title were stunning – never outside the top two. First at Qatar, then second, second, first, first, first, second, first, second, second, second, first, second, second, second, second.
That kind of regularity is unique in the modern era and Lorenzo is certainly a unique racer. He has a very individual approach to the sport and he rides in a very special way.
During his early years as a GP racer he was a petulant teenager, famous for smacking one of his Derbi mechanics on an off-day. After that, he did calm down, but not much. After winning back-to-back 250 world titles he arrived in MotoGP in 2008 and began hurling himself down the road with frightening regularity. He got hurt rather too often and once admitted that he was scared of doing serious damage to himself. For a while, it looked like he might not make it.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.