Fiat Yamaha's MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo writes about his maiden premier class crown.
Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo wrapped up the 2010 MotoGP world Championship for Fiat Yamaha last weekend in Malaysia, taking his 13th podium of the season to clinch the premier class crown in world motorcycle racing. Now, hear direct from Lorenzo as he writes about the title and what it means to him, his plans for the future, and whether or not he’ll run number one in 2011. Congratulations, Jorge!
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.