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GP Week : Issue 11
5 Minutes with ... JORGE LORENZO JORGE Lorenzo turned up in France with two 250 championships in his back pocket, and a MotoGP debut season including three pole positions and one race win in the first four races. And a broken ankle. That was the result of a huge high-side crash in China, in spite of which he still finished a fighting fourth in the race. In practice at Le Mans he fell off twice again and arrived for our interview in a wheelchair, his right leg in a dressing. He had qualified on the second row of the grid. The first questions were obvious: GPWEEK: Jorge, how do you deal with the pain? JORGE LORENZO: I keep motivated, and keep pushing mentally. And I have the passion to conquer this moment. I am a rider, and I love the bikes, so it is difficult for me to watch a race on TV and not to participate, not to be there, and to try to be in front. You prefer the pain? Yes. Don’t you think it is dangerous to ride injured? It’s dangerous when you are okay, and it’s dangerous when you are not okay. But it is difficult to keep your confidence. You’ve surprised everybody with your strength in MotoGP. Has it surprised you too? Yes. On the one hand, I am surprised. But I have always imagined or visualised my success for the future. 50 percent of the time, I don’t get it. Anyway, I imagined I could win in my first MotoGP year. If you think you can do it, maybe you do it. If you don’t think this, it is for sure that you are not going to do it. The older 500 riders complain the 800s are too easy to ride for an ex-250 rider … they had to learn for a year or even two before winning races. I respect this opinion, but if you see Max Biaggi, in his first 500cc race he took pole position and he won … so I think that if a rider is fast, he is fast on all bikes. You turned 21 on the day of the China GP, and you’ve already achieved a lot in motorbike racing. Do you have some other ideas for the future – maybe F1? I would like to do something else in the future when I retire, but I don’t know if I can. I like films very much, and actually I am doing a theatre class at an acting school in London. In English. It is quite difficult. If I was not a racer, I would like to be an actor. You spent your early years very much being coached by your father, under his control, but now you are independent. What’s the position? When I was a child, until I was 17, my model, my inspiration to become a man was my father. And my dad was so introverted, and I was like him. When I became free, I wanted to be more open, and I learned to be more open … to the press, and to people in general. You had a reputation for being difficult when you were in 125s. Were you? Yeah. I agree. Over the last years you’ve developed your post-race celebrations – the Lorenzo’s Land flag, the guitar playing … Are these your own ideas? Do you feel you have to outperform Rossi? Mainly all these things start in my mind, but sometimes my physical trainer gives me some ideas. For example the flag. In 2007 I was speaking with my trainer, and we thought – yes, we can be like pirates. I think it was a great idea. For sure Valentino was an inspiration, but I think we have two different characters, and two different kinds of jokes. Where are you living now? London. It’s a good place. In Chelsea. I go home to Mallorca three or four times a year. What is your favourite recreation away from racing? Internet, music and video games. What kind of music. What were you last playing in your car? Something by Nirvana. You’ve just published the first volume of your biography – do you read much yourself? I read every night. At the moment the biography of Michael Jordan. I don’t like fiction … I like books of real life. Do you have a steady girlfriend? No. Just some friends. Now is the time to get to know girls, and to see what you like. You and Dani Pedrosa have been exchanging insults in the press. How is your relationship, really? I am tired of speaking about our relationship. I would like to have a good relationship with him, and with everybody, but it’s not always possible. But the reporters are just doing their job, so I am not angry with them. YAMAHA’s Spanish MotoGP superstar came straight from the medical centre for a quick chat with MICHAEL SCOTT ... If I was not a racer I would like to be an actor Lorenzo on life after motorcycle racing 18