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Lorenzo celebrates his victory at the Derbi factory

Lorenzo celebrates his victory at the Derbi factory

Lorenzo celebrates his victory at the Derbi factory

Jorge Lorenzo yesterday celebrated his first victory in the World Championships with the Derbi workers, at their place of work in the Barcelona suburb of Martorelles. Just a few hours after arriving back in Spain, the young Mallorcan rider got the warmest welcome at the Derbi factory and thanked everybody for their part in his win.

"It's been hard for us, but in the end we have achieved our objective," said the Rio winner. "Perhaps it's even more than I dreamed of, given that my aims at the start of the year were to be amongst the top ten throughout the season, and maybe even take a podium before the end, as I said at the team's presentation. I have won though now, and I'm in the clouds, but now I want more, and my life's ambition is to one day become the World Champion. I will continue to work hard to achieve that goal´.

Throughout the 2003 season fans have repeatedly witnessed the maturing of Dani Pedrosa, who is now looking a dead cert for the 125cc Championship at just 17, as well as the first career wins of 16 year-old Hector Barbera, in Donington, and Pablo Nieto, winner just over two weeks back in Estoril. It is Lorenzo however who is the youngest of them all though. He is one for breaking the records, debuting on the Saturday of the Jerez race last year on the day of his 15th birthday, the minimum possible age for a rider to compete in the series. A month later he broke another record by becoming the youngest ever rider to score points in a GP, taking 14th in front of the home fans in the Catalunya race. At the age of 15 years and 42 days he beat the late Venezuelan rider Ivan Palazzese's benchmark, who scored points aged 15 and 77 days, also in 125s.

This season the teenager has been more involved with battles against his machinery but as young as he is ambitious, he has now made up the ground the team had lost until now. He has gone back to breaking records too, becoming the youngest ever Spaniard to win a Grand Prix, and the second youngest in World Championship history, behind Marco Melandri. It is a win which will lift the whole Derbi family, who have suffered since the beginning of last year, and had restructured their set-up at the beginning of this season. For Lorenzo, it is another step in the right direction, towards his goal of becoming World Champion.

125cc, 2003, Jorge Lorenzo

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