You will hear questionable references to Lorenzo's past.
It goes like this. He was very, very young and a lot of fun in 125cc. His motto was "ready for war" and he delivered many fun fights. He was an arrogant b#####d, though, because of his age and childhood background. We laughed it off at the time. When he moved up to 250cc, he was beaten by the likes of Pedrosa and others. His arrogance was no longer fun at all. Many took a profound dislike to him that lasts to this day. Eventually, though, he matured and did so in such a manner that it still has many in somewhat of an awe. Anyway, he managed to win two successful world championships in 250cc before moving up to MotoGP. These were important, obviously, but were achieved without the utter domination of, for example again, Pedrosa. In fact, it was only until Pedrosa moved on to MotoGP, that Lorenzo had the 250cc class all for himself. Summing up, his arrival as partner of Rossi was lukewarm. He didn't seem to have the stuff. Boy, were we wrong. He has stepped up his game so much that it's difficult to recognize him. With Stoner out of the game (and with Rossi's bike), it's difficult to rank him properly. However, the maturity of his personality (today) and his performances the last two years prove that he is undoubtedly one of the strongest riders in the field.
It may be too much to claim he is heir to Rossi's throne... but he is doing much that others simply can't. I too am (have become) a Lorenzo fan.
Edited by maure, 08 September 2009 - 02:52 AM.