Mo­toGP world cham­pion Lorenzo re­tires

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Three-times Mo­toGP world cham­pion Jorge Lorenzo, who suf­fered a frac­tured spine this sea­son, said on Thurs­day he would re­tire fol­low­ing the Va­len­cia Grand Prix. The 32-yearold Spaniard who rides for Honda and claimed the world ti­tle in 2010, 2012 and 2015 said he was pulling out fol­low­ing Sun­day’s Va­len­cia race. The rider was re­tained for next sea­son by Honda but has suf­fered from poor form and se­ri­ous in­juries. “This will be my last race in Mo­toGP and af­ter this I am re­tir­ing from pro­fes­sional racing,” Lorenzo said. “I’ve al­ways thought there are four sig­nif­i­cant days in the life of a rider – the first one is when it’s your first race, the sec­ond one is your first win, then your first world cham­pi­onship. And then the day you re­tire. This day has ar­rived for me.”

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