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Ballistic Glass: Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo just took his fifth win at MotoGP’s Grand Prix de France, helping him overtake Marc Marquez and to lead the series in overall points.

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

The dude is a three-time series champion, and if we were in his place, we’d be patting ourselves on the back and proclaiming that we’re the greatest two-wheeled racers in the world. However, only 3 points separate Lorenzo and Marquez, so watching these two icons battle it out will make for an incredibly exciting season.

 

Jorge Lorenzo cap
Jorge Lorenzo cap

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Still, the dude has got some serious skills. He entered the world of professional motorcycle racing on his fifteenth birthday, and six years later, in 2008, he signed on to ride for Yamaha MotoGP. And despite crashing seven times in three months during his first season – snapping ligaments and fracturing bones along the way – Lorenzo still managed to finish the season in fourth place.

2009 saw Lorenzo suffer more injuries, including a head fracture, contusions to both ankles and damage to his right collarbone. Dude still finished the season second overall in points. Come 2010, Lorenzo turned down a $15 million offer from Ducati to resign with Yamaha MotoGP. While he avoided severe on-track crashes that year, he still managed to break both his legs while riding a pocket bike before the season even started. Not that it mattered – 2010 is the year Lorenzo secured his first MotoGP season win.

In 2011, Lorenzo lost the end of a finger as the result of crash during the warmup of the Australian Grand Prix. Thanks to the mad skills of the attending Australian surgeons, he was able to maintain full functionality in his hand. Oh, and Lorenzo still finished the season second in points.

2012 was a good year for all. Not only did the world not end in a cataclysmic fire, Lorenzo suffered no serious injuries. He even won the overall MotoGP championship again, and then resigned to YamahaGP for an additional two years. 2013 also saw no injuries, plus another second-overall finish. 2014 wasn’t as kind to Lorenzo, with a third-overall finish. But it couldn’t be all bad, nothing was broken this year, either.

Come 2015, Lorenzo was on fire. During this season Lorenzo secured his sixtieth first-place finish, plus his third series title. It was a close race though – only five points separated Lorenzo from second-place finisher, Valentino Rossi.

 

Jorge Lorenzo cap
Jorge Lorenzo cap

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And now with that recent win in France, plus a series lead, Lorenzo is riding high. But being the eternal pessimists that we are, we can’t help but think Lorenzo is on the fast track to breaking another bone or two. He’s fast, but he can’t outrun fate.

To help keep Lorenzo from turning into the real-life version of Unbreakable’s Mr. Glass, we’re trying to help raise the funds needed to put Lorenzo through the Weapon X program and give him an unbreakable adamantium skeleton. Do your part and donate to the cause today by picking up this sweet Jorge Lorenzo 2016 Monster cap. For just $35.95, you can help Lorenzo become MotoGP’s answer to Wolverine, or just pay a medical bill or two.

Pick one up HERE

By Justin Kaehler

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