"Hi, my name is Giorgio Lorenzo, I'm 13 years old, and I want to be world champion." Prophetic words indeed. The Spanish website Daily Motos has a fascinating video sent to them by Chicho Lorenzo, father of Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo and produced by the Spanish TV station IB3, with fragments from Lorenzo's past. The Spanish-language video features footage of the Mallorcan prodigy riding as a 13 year old, as well as more recent shots of Lorenzo riding on the kart track that his father Chicho ran, and where Lorenzo learnt the skills that have taken him to being one of the best motorcycle racers in the world. The video was made after Lorenzo returned to Mallorca to stay with his father, the two now having reconciled their differences after the public and slightly acrimonious split when Lorenzo was in the 250cc class.
If you want to see what it takes to make a world champion, Chicho Lorenzo has posted several more of the videos he made while Jorge was growing up, including a couple of shots of a young Jorge racing, and one of the exercises that Lorenzo both complained about most in his book, and said that he learned the most from: doing figure of eights on tiny bike with no brakes. Watch it carefully, and you'll see Lorenzo lose both the front and the rear end at the same time, catch it and keep going.
Finally, a video of how Jorge Lorenzo learned to brake on a bike without brakes: by folding the front and sliding the rear, holding the bike up on his knee. Lorenzo did these exercises for hours every day after school, and those thousands of hours of practice finally paid off, turning out a man with two 250cc world championships, and widely tipped to take multiple championships in the MotoGP class. Whether he takes them before or after Valentino Rossi retires is another question altogether, though.