Он готовил эту речь три недели: начал в Австралии, завершил на днях, и сегодня выдал с минимальными изменениями. Хорхе Лоренцо официально прощается с Honda Racing и MotoGP после Гран-При Валенсии.
МОТОГОНКИ.РУ, 15 ноября 2019 - Листки с речью, написанные по легенде самим Лоренцо, остались лежать на столе в медиа-центре. В них вписаны несколько фраз-напоминаний от руки (почерком самого Хорхе):
Прощальная речь Хорхе Лоренцо в Валенсии
Вот неполный вариант речи, которую Хорхе выдал в эфир на английском во время пресс-конференции:
«There are 4 significant days in the career of a rider. Your first race, your first win, your first championship and the day you retire. I’m here to tell you this day has arrived for me. I want to announce this will be my last race in MotoGP.
The ones who worked with me, know how much of a perfectionist I am and how the amount of hard work I put into this. After 9 unforgettable years with Yamaha (the best ones of my career) I felt I needed a change. Moving to Ducati gave me that big boost I needed and even though the results were bad I used that extra motivation and finally won that special race at Mugello. When I signed for Honda I got similar feeling, achieving one of the dreams of every rider: to be an official HRC factory rider.
Injuries soon came to play an important role in my season and the bike never felt natural to me. Anyway, I never lost patience and I kept fighting. But, as I started to see some light, I had that bad crash in Montmeló test and some weeks later that ugly one in Assen. When I stopped rolling in the gravel, the first thought was “What am I doing here?”
I love this sport, I love to ride and I love to win. But if I’m not able to fight for something big I cannot find the motivation to keep going. I am very sorry to Honda, especially to Alberto. I remember the day in Montmeló when we meet and I told him “Don’t make a mistake signing the wrong rider, trust me and you will not regret it.” Very sadly, I have to say that I disappointed him and all the team. But Jorge and Honda cannot be here just to score some points!
I feel so lucky to be able to achieve much more than I ever imagined. I always worked very hard, but without being at the right place at the right time, and without the help of many people who worked with me, it would have been impossible.
That’s why I would like to thank all of these people. Especially Carmelo and Dorna. Derbi, Aprilia, Yamaha, Ducati, Honda, Giampiero Sachi, Gigi Dall’igna, Lin Jarvis and Alberto Puig. My mother for bringing me to this world. My father, for showing me the passion for this sport. My fans and my fan club for the unconditional love. All the people who work with me as a personal team. Thank you».
На самом деле, говорил он больше, но именно эта расшифровка в конечном счете попала во все пресс-релизы.