Former professional motorcycle road racer who won the Superbike World Championship in 2009.
He signed a professional contract with Suzuki at age 15, after becoming a 600cc racing champion.
He scored one win and six podium finishes in his first 50 MotoGP races.
He began dating model Leticia Cline in 2006.
He finished ten spots behind champion Jorge Lorenzo at the end of 2012 MotoGP season.