Binder: joining an elite list of MotoGP™ rookie superstars

Two years later it would be the turn of another Spanish superhero, a certain Mr Lorenzo. The future five-time World Champion showed his potential at the opening event of the year in Qatar, grabbing pole position and finishing P2 behind Casey Stoner. Three weeks later, he would return to the podium in Jerez behind Pedrosa himself and teammate Valentino Rossi, in a race that would go down in history for the iconic ‘forced handshake’ with Pedrosa, initiated by King Juan Carlos. Two weeks later, in Estoril, the tables were turned. After taking pole position, Lorenzo would win his first victory as a rookie by beating Pedrosa and Rossi. Portugal was now ‘Lorenzo territory’. The triumph came the ‘Spartan’s’ third race, likewise to Binder.

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