JORGE LORENZO has been crowned 2010 MotoGP World Champion following his third place in last weekend's Malaysian GP.
The Spaniard looked set to take the title after nearest rival Dani Pedrosa failed to race at Sepang, following surgery to a broken collarbone sustained in practice at Motegi a fortnight ago.
Speaking about his 2010 World Title, Lorenzo said:
"This is a dream come true for me today, I can't really believe it yet; I need five minutes on my own just to relax, enjoy the quiet and take in what I have done! This is something I have always wanted and something I've dreamed of my whole life, so it is the most incredible moment for me. It is difficult to find the words to thank everyone, I am just so happy, but I have to say thank you to Yamaha, my team and everyone who has made this happen.
"I started very well today, I didn't lose any positions but then Andrea and Valentino came past me and I wasn't riding as well as I could have, so I didn't want to push too much. Anyway I knew that winning the race wasn't the most important thing this time. I had to just put myself on autopilot and get the points I needed. Now we can relax and enjoy the last three races of the championship, but first of all we are looking forward to celebrating tonight!"
2010 MotoGP Championship Standings: Malaysia
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 313
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 228
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 181
4. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 180
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team 179
6. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 152
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 139
8. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 94
9. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 92
10. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 86
11. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 81
12. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team 74
13. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 69
14. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team 52
15. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP 44
16. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 41
17. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team 38
18. Alex de Angelis (ITA) Interwetten Honda MotoGP 11
19. Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP 4
20. Wataru Yoshikawa (JPN) Fiat Yamaha Team 1