1. Jorge Lorenzo


Jorge Lorenzo’s early MotoGP career was marred with crashes and inconsistency, and it was this highside in particular that got me thinking about this topic in the first place. The scene is the 2008 MotoGP round at Laguna Seca, where Valentino Rossi pulled off “The Pass” on Casey Stoner at the Corkscrew. Lorenzo qualified fourth and got a decent start off the line, but by turn 5 his race was all over, his YZR-M1 launching him into the stratosphere. Upon landing, he’d immediately grab his left ankle, the impact hard enough to break some bones. Nowadays, Lorenzo is considered one of the best at being metronomically consistent, his get-offs few and far between. It wasn’t always this way.