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Lorenzo basks in “one of happiest” moments

Lorenzo basks in “one of happiest” moments

The Fiat Yamaha rider capped an incredible season in which he was crowned 2010 MotoGP World Champion with a ninth win of the year at Valencia.

Jorge Lorenzo’s ninth victory of the season at Valencia on Sunday was “one of the happiest moments” of his life he said, after ending his title-winning season in style on home soil.

The 23 year-old Fiat Yamaha rider, who prior to the race had never won at the track in any class, recovered from dropping to fifth after a front-row start to slowly work his way through the field. Lorenzo avoided a crash with a spectacular save early in the race and then picked off his rivals one by one, finally overtaking Casey Stoner at the front on lap 23 of 30 and not looking back on his way to victory.

"Coming here to Valencia I really wanted to win one more time in this fantastic season, in front of my home fans,” he said. “In the practices I was fast all weekend, but it seemed like Casey was even faster. I made a good start today but in the second corner trying to pass Casey I got overtaken by three or four riders, then I had a hard fight with Simoncelli when I nearly fell! I kept calm after that and concentrated and then lap-by-lap I recovered. I had a wonderful fight with Casey at the end.”

Celebrating his title with a win in front of the Spanish crowd was the perfect end to 2010 Lorenzo said.

“Winning here in front of my home crowd at this special track is one of the happiest moments of my life,” he continued. “We are proud to have got the record for the most number of points with 383, I used to be known as a crazy rider who crashed too much so to demonstrate consistency in this way makes me proud. Thanks to Yamaha and everyone involved for a fantastic season - now we have time to celebrate tonight before we start working for 2011 on Tuesday. Finally I want to say goodbye and good luck to Valentino - I am looking forward to racing him next year!"

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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