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      Andrea Dovizioso   Andrea Dovizioso, who was born on March 23rd 1986 in Forlimpopoli, nurtured a passion for bikes at a very early age, while accompanying his father to motocross races every weekend. When Andrea was four years old, he was given a minibike and then at the age of seven he started racing, winning national minibike titles in 1997 and 1998.  In 2000 Andrea took part in the Aprilia Challenge and he won the title on his debut, repeating the achievement the following year, this time on the European stage. In the same year he took part in his first grand prix, at Mugello, as a wild-card entry. In 2002 Andrea joined the world championship scene full-time with the Scot Honda Team, finishing the season in sixteenth position in the 125cc class. The rider from Forlì then carried on in the same category until the end of the 2004 season, when he was crowned world champion. He moved up into the 250 class in 2005 and stayed there until 2007, finishing third in 2005 and twice runner-up in the next two years. In 2008 Dovizioso made the jump into the premier MotoGP class, again with the Scot Honda Team, and immediately scored a fourth place finish in his debut race in Qatar. He finished his rookie season fifth overall in the championship, a result that helped to earn him promotion into the factory Honda team.                Andrea remained in the factory Honda team for three more years, taking the win in the British Grand Prix at Donington in 2009 finishing sixth in 2009, fifth in 2010 and third in 2011. After ten years on Honda machinery, Dovizioso moved to the Tech3 Yamaha team in 2012, when he scored a positive fourth place overall, the top satellite team rider in the standings.    Once again the Italian's results helped to earn him a factory ride and in 2013 Dovizioso teamed up with Ducati, with the declared aim of making the Desmosedici competitive as soon as possible. After a first learning season, the results started to come in 2014, thanks also to the arrival of Luigi Dall'Igna as Ducati Corse Technical Director. Andrea scored two podiums during the season and finished fifth overall in the final standings.    In 2015 Andrea Dovizioso began the season with three successive second places and almost winning the opening round in Qatar where he started from pole position. He subsequently stepped onto the podium also at Le Mans and Silverstone. He finished the season in seventh place overall in the final standings.    The 2016 season once again began with a podium finish at Losail, but in the following races bad luck deprived him of two possible podiums in Argentina and Texas. Andrea scored a third place finish at Sachsenring and finished second to Andrea Iannone on that magical day at the Red Bull Ring, which marked the Ducati Team's return to victory in MotoGP. In the final stages of the championship, he again scored a podium in Japan, and then finished the season with a dominant win at Sepang. Dovizioso ended the 2016 season fifth in the overall standings.    In 2017 Andrea Dovizioso will begin his fifth year as factory Ducati Team rider, and together with Jorge Lorenzo they will make up one of the most formidable pairings on the current MotoGP grid. Personal File Age 31 (Born 23 March 1986)  Residence Forlì, Italy  Marital Status Single Height 5ft 5in (167 cm) Weight 147 lbs (67 kg) Website Facebook Andrea Dovizioso Twitter @AndreaDovizioso Instagram andreadovizioso             Jorge Lorenzo    Jorge Lorenzo is currently the most successful Spanish rider in grand prix motorcycle racing and can boast a total of five world titles in his distinguished career (two in 250cc and three in MotoGP).   Born in Palma de Mallorca on May 4th 1987, everything he achieved in life was at a precocious age. When he was just three years old, he stepped onto a motorbike - built by his father with parts put together from several different bikes - for the first time. Shortly afterwards he began his career by winning his first races in Mallorca against older rivals and became Baleares champion at just 8 years of age. The Mediterranean islands were becoming too small for his talent however and he jumped 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 make his debut in a world championship race at the legendary Jerez circuit. After three years in 125cc with Derbi, he made the jump into the 250cc category, first with Honda and then with Aprilia, with whom he won two world titles.            With this double world championship-winning form behind him, in 2008 Jorge Lorenzo moved into the premier MotoGP class with the factory Yamaha team, where his precise and elegant riding style adapted perfectly to the Japanese manufacturer's bike. He set pole position in his first race and stepped onto the top of the podium in just his third-ever MotoGP race.     Since then in MotoGP he has won three world titles (2010, 2012 and 2015), finished runner-up another three times (2009, 2011 and 2013) and has proved to be one of the most successful riders of all time: the holder of a record number of GP pole positions (65), the fourth most victorious rider in the history of the MotoGP class (44 wins) and the second-highest number of MotoGP podiums (107).    After nine seasons with Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo begins a new chapter in his career in 2017 as a factory Ducati rider for the Ducati Team. Personal File Age 30 (Born 4 May 1987)   Residence Lugano, Switzerland Marital Status Single Height 1.71 m Weight 65 kg Sito ufficiale Facebook Jorge Lorenzo official Twitter @lorenzo99 Instagram jorgelorenzo99