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 are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Why did Lorenzo do it?
Why Rossi’s failure on the Ducati could be Lorenzo’s biggest reason for going there
Anyone who tells you they know why Jorge Lorenzo quit the manufacturer that’s won five of the past 10 MotoGP titles for a brand that hasn’t got close to winning the championship for the past eight years, is making it up.
But let’s take a look at the possible reasons behind the defection.
Most pro riders do what they do for three main reasons: joy, ego and money. Usually, money comes last in the list, if only because the cash follows the fulfillment of the other two factors.
This is just my best guess, because only Jorge Lorenzo knows for sure, but I believe his prime motive in making the switch is to secure himself a place in the roped-off VIP area of motorcycle racing’s pantheon. So far, in seven decades of Grand Prix racing, only five riders have won premier-class world titles on different makes of machinery: Geoff Duke (Norton and Gilera), Giacomo Agostini (MV Agusta and Yamaha), Eddie Lawson (Yamaha and Honda), Valentino Rossi (Honda and Yamaha) and Casey Stoner (Ducati and Honda).
If Lorenzo can join that elite, there will never any be doubt that he is one of the all-time greats. To be mentioned in the same breath as Duke, Lawson and the rest is all it takes, forever and ever and ever.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.