Jorge Lorenzo won another battle, this time in court and not on the track. The Spanish Tax Agency requested an investigation because he presumably didn't pay his 2016 taxes, for a total of approximately 11 million Euros. This is nothing new for the rider from Mallorca, who had already dealt with the Spanish Tax Agency in the past (when they asked him to pay 35 million Euros) and which got the best of him.
This time, Lorenzo’s lawyers demonstrated that the champion was living in Switzerland during the year in question, therefore he didn’t have to pay taxes in Spain.
El Confidencial, wrote about it, explaining how the tax authorities tried to argue that Jorge had not spent 183 days in Switzerland in 2016 (the minimum requirement to have residency in another country), but his lawyers proved that he had only been in Spain for 168 days.
The prosecution then tried to argue that, during the 4 Grand Prixs raced in Spain that year, Lorenzo had acquired compensation in the country, but the technicality didn’t convince the court, and it was deemed “inconsistent”.
The case was dismissed, and Jorge was saved from having to dig deep into his wallet. It was a very valuable victory.