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Jorge Lorenzo Crowned 2010 MotoGP World Champion Oct. 11, 2010

Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo clinched the 2010 MotoGP World Championship on a day that saw Valentino Rossi return to winning ways in Malaysia. Third place for Lorenzo - his thirteenth podium from fifteen races so far this year - was enough to make him only the second Spanish rider ever to win the premier-class crown. Rossi meanwhile put on one of the displays of his career after dropping to 11th at the start, taking his 46th win for Yamaha on the number 46 M1.
Lorenzo got a brilliant start from pole and set off in front with Andrea Dovizioso in tow, whilst Rossi, starting sixth, slipped right back through the field in the charge to turn one. A few corners were enough to let the Italian know that all was not lost today however and he quickly began to pick off his competitors, scything through the field to make it up to third by just the fourth lap.

By now Dovizioso was putting pressure on Lorenzo and on lap nine the Spaniard gave way to the Italian, knowing that finishing safely was more important than the winner's laurels today. Next time around Rossi passed his team-mate and set off after his compatriot, despatching Dovizioso in turn at exactly the same point on the next lap. Dovizioso mounted one more challenge four laps from the end but Rossi, still the reigning World Champion for a few more minutes, was determined to stand on top of the podium and eventually crossed the line 0.244 seconds ahead. The win moves Rossi up to third in the championship, one point ahead of Casey Stoner.

It was Lorenzo's day however and third place for the 23-year-old was enough to seal him an emotional first premier-class title to add to his two 250cc crowns. It was a special moment for the Mallorcan, who has won seven races this year and finished off the podium only twice in a remarkable display of consistency that shows him to be a deserving champion.

Jorge Lorenzo (2010 MotoGP World Champion)
"This is my first title in the premier category and my dream has come true! This is really the maximum a motorcycle rider can achieve in his career so we have to celebrate and enjoy these hours, minutes and seconds like it's the end of the world. You imagine this moment in your head your whole life but when it comes you don't know how to act or what to say. I am trying to be relaxed, to speak clearly and not say anything crazy! I'm so tired right now; I just need to be alone in a room for a few minutes, just thinking about what I've done!
I want to thank so many people, it's difficult to find the words but I have to mention Yamaha, all my team, Bridgestone and everyone involved. And of course thank you very much to my fans, who have been with me every step of the way.
The perfect situation today would have been to win, but it wasn't to be this time. I made a good start and was riding well and I thought I could go away from Andrea at one point, but then he overtook me and then Valentino as well, and I thought there were too many risks today to fight for the victory; it was better to wait until the end of the race.
Motorcycling is my passion and my job but it's also a game, and this is what I was saying when I held up the sign saying 'game over.' Today it's over for this season because I am the World Champion!
I don't think about the future now, I just want to celebrate my first MotoGP title and I can't think beyond this night. The future will be tough and exciting, with giants for my rivals, but we don't need to think about that now, we can just enjoy the moment.
Phillip Island isn't my best track for MotoGP but I want to try to win because I haven't won there. I want to win some more races this season and I will try my hardest to do so.
We have come such a long way; some things happen very slowly in your career and some very fast. When I started in the World Championship I was almost last in the 125 class but in only eight years I have become MotoGP World Champion. It's incredible how life can change. We have fought so hard and for this. I've been fortunate because I've had good luck, good bikes and good teams. I've always been surrounded by people who want to best for me and I am very grateful for this.
The pre-season didn't start so well with my broken finger but in the end it's been a fantastic year. If I had to pick the three best races I would say the number one was Jerez, because it was the first time I won there in MotoGP and it's maybe the best place to win a race. Plus I enjoyed my jump in the lake! Silverstone was maybe the best race I made, because I was aggressive and fast. Then finally here, not for the riding but for the importance and the World Championship.
I don't know yet if I will use the number one next season. If I can think of a good design then yes, if not I stick with 99!
World Champion - it sounds unbelievable to hear these words, it is such a pleasure, you feel like you're king of the world. We will enjoy this night to the maximum."

Masao Furusawa (Executive Officer, Engineering Operations)
"First of all, I want to congratulate Jorge Lorenzo for clinching the 2010 MotoGP World Championship title here at Sepang, with three rounds still remaining in the season. As a member of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, I am very proud to have had the pleasure of watching Jorge progress from Rookie of the Year in 2008, when he first moved up to MotoGP, to finishing second in the 2009 series to now becoming the 2010 MotoGP World Champion.
In Japan last week Jorge signed a new two-year contract that will see him continue to ride for Yamaha in 2011 and 2012, and we hope to see him win the championship again in the two years to come."

Lin Jarvis (Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing)
"Firstly let me say it gave me great satisfaction today to see a young athlete achieve his dream! I would like to congratulate Jorge on his excellent season, resulting in him winning his first MotoGP World Champion title. Today was a super result for the Fiat Yamaha Team, with Valentino winning the race and Jorge coming home safely in third spot, giving us two important victories at the same moment. The points haul today is also very important for the Team and Manufacturer Championships.
I would also like to take this opportunity to say congratulations and a big thank you to all of our corporate and team staff who have worked so hard and to all of our sponsors, partners and the Yamaha fans around the world that have supported us on and off the track to bring us victory again this year; this is our 3rd MotoGP rider's title in a row.
Now that the first, and most important, title is ours we will try our best to win the next three races and hopefully in the process the Manufacturer and Team titles to complete another 'Triple crown' year."


•Date: 10 October, 2010 •Circuit: Sepan, Malaysia (5.548 km) •Spectator: 62,141
•Classification after 20 laps = 110.96 km •Race condition: Dry •Air: 33 C •Ground: 43 C
•PP: J. Lorenzo (2'01.537/Yamaha) •FL: V. Rossi (2'02.117/Yamaha)

Pos. Rider Team Machine Lap
1 V. Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 41'03.448
2 A. Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.224
3 J. Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha +6.035
4 B. Spies Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +13.676
5 A. Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +15.402
6 N. Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati +18.826

Jorge Lorenzo

Nationality: Spanish
Born: May 4, 1987
Racing career
2002: 21st in MotoGP World Championship 125cc class
2003: 12th in MotoGP World Championship 125cc class
2004: 4th in MotoGP World Championship 125cc class
2005: 5th in MotoGP World Championship 250cc class
2006: Champion of MotoGP World Championship 250cc class
2007: Champion of MotoGP World Championship 250cc class
2008: 4th in MotoGP World Championship
2009: 2nd in MotoGP World Championship
2010: MotoGP World Champion

Jorge Lorenzo Statistics 2010

Date Round Circuit Qualify Final
1 April Round 1- Qatar Losail 3rd 2nd
2 May Round 2- Spanish Jerez 2nd 1st
23 May Round 3- France Le Mans 2nd 1st
6 June Round 4- Italian Mugello 2nd 2nd
20 June Round 5- British Silverstone 1st 1st
26 June Round 6- Dutch TT Assen 1st 1st
4 July Round 7- Catalunya Catalunya 1st 1st
18 July Round 8- German Sachsenring 1st 2nd
25 July Round 9- U.S. Laguna Seca 1st 1st
15 August Round 10- Czech Brno 3rd 1st
29 August Round 11- Indianapoli Indianapolis 2nd 3rd
5 September Round 12- San Marino Misano 2nd 2nd
19 September Round 13- Aargon Aargon 2nd 4th
3 October Round 14- Japan Motegi 4th 4th
10 October Round 15- Malaysia Sepan 1st 3rd

* Three rounds remain in the 2010 MotoGP season. Round 16 in Australia (Oct. 17), round 17 in Portugal (Oct. 31) and round 18 in Valencia (Nov. 7)

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