Born in Palma de Mallorca on May 4th 1987, everything he achieved in life was done at a precocious age. When he was just three years old, he stepped onto a motorbike built by his father for the first time. Shortly afterwards he began his career by winning his first races against older rivals and became Baleares champion at just 8 years of age. Jorge then decided to jump straight into the Spanish championship, the European championship and the Aprilia Cup. His good performances and constant improvement opened the doors of world championship racing to him.
On May 4th 2002 – the same day as his 15th birthday – Jorge Lorenzo became the youngest-ever rider to debut in a world championship race at the legendary Jerez circuit. After three years in 125cc with Derbi, he moved into the 250cc class, first with Honda and then with Aprilia, with whom he won two world titles.