Jorge Lorenzo receives driving licence: Says MotoGP will be big in India

Jorge Lorenzo, the Spanish MotoGP rider who entered the racing circuit at the prime age of 15 when he won the 125cc Championships has had a nine year career on the tracks. He has won titles in 250cc and the 2010 MotoGP but has yet to get his own driving licence. Well this is just what the youngster was proud of when last week he received his driving licence. Now, for the first time he will be able to take his Yamaha bike onto the streets without any restrictions.

Besides this, Lorenzo is also planning on buying a new house in Barcelona where he plans on taking his bike on a victory lap around its neighborhood. Lorenzo who took a ride around the Buddh International Circuit on his RZ15 said that he was excited to be in India and is sure that MotoGP will arrive in the country in a big way.

Lorenzo is also keen on taking riding 1000cc bikes at the MotoGP next year but is looking at it as a challenge as the bike will be heavier and riding will be different and difficult. In his words, “It might sound like a joke for some people, but I didn’t have a driving license till last week. That hasn’t stopped me from winning three world titles and 17 MotoGP wins. I’ll finally be able to take out my Yamaha on the roads. I am planning to buy a new house in Barcelona and it’ll be great to take the bike for a quiet lap around the neighborhood.”

With Marco Simoncelli losing life at the track in the 2011 MotoGP season, safety when racing has come under constant scrutiny. Jorge Lorenzo is the 2010 MotoGP champion, and safety and accidents on the track are part of the race. “We are working hard to improve the safety on the track and ensure less accidents on the track. I had a really bad one at Philip Island last year where I injured my finger very badly. But riding a bike is dangerous at the best of times.” A serious warm-up injury at Philip Island saw Lorenzo lose the end of one of his fingers. Successful surgery has helped repair damage to his finger with his nerves and tendons being saved. The injury saw Casey Stoner emerge as the rightful 2011 MotoGP title holder.