At the young ages of 17 and 18, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso starred in one of the most unusual events in the racing world. We go back to 2004, the first time that the Qatari circuit of Losail hosted a GP. The 125cc class opened the show with a flagrant battle between the two young riders. Andrea struggled with the title as goal; Jorge for the glory of the race win. After an intense duel, the two crossed under the same checkered flag…and in this case it could not be more literal.
For the first time in GP history the win was given to the rider who had made the fastest race lap; that rider was Lorenzo.
The long Losail straight, with the finishing line far from the last corner, promotes drafting battles, and it was with this tactic that Dovizioso had planned to beat Lorenzo. Once entering the straight, Andrea was situated just behind Jorge and little by little, meter by meter, was slipstreaming up to ride parallel to Jorge.
The two crossed the finish line looking at each other without knowing who had won. The photo finish to decide the winner however, showed that Lorenzo and Dovizioso had crossed the finish line at exactly the same moment. Thus, for the first time in history the win was given to the rider who had made the fastest race lap; that rider was Lorenzo.