Jorge Lorenzo admits he decided to retire from MotoGP after an injury-hit year.
The MotoGP legend has suffered a series of career-threatening injuries – including a broken vertebrae – and has found it difficult to get to grips with the RC213V.
He announced his retirement on Thursday afternoon in an emotional press conference.
Explaining his decision, the 32-year-old said: "After a tough season and taking a hard fall, I thought, “Is this worth it, Jorge?”
"When I signed with the Repsol Honda team, I achieved the dream of any professional rider.
"Unfortunately, I have faced a series of injuries and a drop in performance."
BREAKING Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP retirement confirmed in emotional press conference
Despite being a three-time MotoGP champion, Lorenzo hasn’t managed a top-10 finish this season as he battles the injury problems.
"I've always thought there are four significant days in the life of a rider; your first race, first win, first world championship, and then the day you retire," he said.
"As you all imagined, I'm here to announce that this day has arrived for me. This will be my last race in MotoGP.
"I believe I’m a fortunate person for having been able to make a living of this. Thank you all for your support and for being there for me".
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Johann Zarco looks the most likely contender to replace Lorenzo, with Marc Marquez needing a new team-mate in the Honda garage.
The Frenchman has been temporarily riding for LCR Honda while Takaaki Nakagami recovers from surgery.
British star Cal Crutchlow is also an option as a replacement having never had a factory seat before.
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