MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo says he was “praying for the race to finish” after a tension-filled Valencia Grand Prix finale.
Lorenzo won the final MotoGP round of the season to clinch the title by five points ahead of Valentino Rossi, but could not allow the Repsol Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to pass him – as Rossi had risen to fourth from the back of the grid.
Lorenzo led the race from start to finish, but revealed afterwards that he was in severe tyre trouble.
“A lot of pressure, the rear tyre was destroyed,” said Lorenzo, who is now a five-time world champion on two wheels. “To be honest, I didn't see anything in the straight in all the laps. I didn't see the board, didn't see how many laps was to finish.
“I just tried to focus myself to go as fast as possible, sliding around and moving so much the bike and just praying to finish the race.
“Now I am five-times world champion. We did an unbelievable job, Yamaha make an unbelievable bike and my team has been perfect this season. I'm very proud to have this world title for Spain.”