Jorge Lorenzo became the first ever Spanish rider to win two MotoGP titles after the Yamaha Factory Racing rider wrapped up his second title today at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Australia with a second place finish behind Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. Lorenzo’s main rival in the championship, Dani Pedrosa could have kept the title fight alive until the final round at Valencia, Spain in two weeks’ time but crashed out of the lead on just the second lap leaving Lorenzo nothing more to do but to make sure he finished in the points.
We’ve been very patient, very concentrated and finally the World title arrives!
Lorenzo was thrilled with his second world title but didn’t expect the win to come I such a way. The new MotoGP World Champion said, “What a day! I’m very happy, it was easier than I expected because Dani made a mistake in a corner and crashed. I wanted to keep with Casey but he was so strong. Today all I had to do was finish the race and I have become World Champion for the second time. It’s such a sweet feeling! I want to thank all the team, Yamaha, my family, my friends, sponsors and fans who support me. Today is an amazing moment. We’ve been very patient, very concentrated and finally the World title arrives!”
Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg is thrilled with the championship win and after the trackside celebrations he said, “It was a very exciting start to the Phillip Island race, we knew we had to beat Dani and of course he knew as well so he pushed really hard in the beginning. In the end it was a bit too hard, but chapeau to him for trying. We knew we had good pace and think we maybe could have beaten him anyway on consistency. From that point Jorge only had to bring it home. He’s had a great season of wins or second places and now the world Championship title!”
Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director Massimo Meregalli was also delighted with Lorenzo’s success. He said, “Jorge has really delivered an amazing season for Yamaha and again today we saw his trademark consistency and dedication to deliver second on the podium. From the first race in Qatar his consistency and dedication have been that of a champion so we fully expected he could achieve the best result possible. I want to thank the whole Team who have also been responsible for the success, working as hard as him to make sure he has had a competitive bike to fight with his rivals at each round. It has been a pleasure to watch him ride this year, he is a worthy champion.”