Looking back, Jorge Lorenzo speaks openly about the reasons for his retirement at the end of the MotoGP season 2019. He cites the difficult departure from the Dutch TT in Assen as the turning point.
In retrospect, Jorge Lorenzo describes the fall in FP1 at Assen on June 28, 2019 as the decisive “turning point”. The Mallorcan suffered a fracture in the sixth thoracic vertebra and a hairline crack in the eighth thoracic vertebra. The result was a two-and-a-half month break, and in what was already a difficult first Honda season, the three-time MotoGP champion began to ponder.
“After Assen, resigning became an option, but I didn’t want to rush it and postponed the decision as long as possible,” said Lorenzo in a DAZN interview about this difficult phase of his racing career. “I was standing in front of a very high mountain and found neither the patience nor the motivation to climb this mountain.”
“Without a doubt, without this crash I would have continued with Honda,” says Lorenzo with conviction. Instead, the 68-time GP winner announced his retirement at the age of 32 before the 2019 season finale in Valencia and thus stepped out of the Honda contract, which actually ran for more than two years – without a single top 10 place on the RC213V.
“At the age of 30, 31 or 32 you become more cautious and I noticed that. Every fall that results in a major injury is like a stone that is added to your mental backpack of negative experiences, which ensures that you become more cautious, ”says the 34-year-old MotoGP retiree.
Lorenzo realized: “In this sport you can get really badly injured. Is it worth losing the next 20, 30 or 40 years to try and win a few more races or titles? ” After the Assen crash, the answer for the five-time world champion was no.
The list of Jorge Lorenzo’s injuries in his last season and a half:
Aragon GP 2018: dislocation of the big toe, fracture of the second metatarsal bone on the right;
Buriram-GP 2018: severe bruise on the left wrist, sprain of the right ankle;
January 2019: training crash while driving off-road; Broken navicular bone on left wrist;
Losail GP 2019: a tear in a rib; severe bruises on the back, wrist, fingers and feet;
Jerez Monday test on May 6, 2019: severe pain all over the body;
Barcelona Monday test on June 17, 2019: jokes on the chest and back;
Assen-FP1 on June 28, 2019: Sixth thoracic vertebra broken, eighth broken.