Jorge Lorenzo won the Grand Prix of Japan yesterday, ending a string of bad luck that started with a spectacular highside during practice for last year's race in China. That incident began a series of seven crashes spanning three months that even Lorenzo's heroic riding couldn't overcome. Prior to them, Lorenzo was off to a great start to his MotoGP career, qualifying on pole for his first three races and winning his third at Estoril. Lorenzo went on to finish fourth in China, even after injuring himself in the highside. He went on to finish his premier season in fourth place.
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Joining Lorenzo on the podium are Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa, a
particularly prescient group; teammate Rossi is Lorenzo's chief rival
while Pedrosa joins Lorenzo in representing a younger generation of
rider. Lorenzo beat Pedrosa to become the youngest ever rider to win
three sequential pole positions by just one day. Jorge Lorenzo, 2009 World Champion? It's a possibility.

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