This past Sunday, Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi won the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, and his teammate Jorge Lorenzo won the 2010 MotoGP world championship.
Lorenzo took the title with a third-place finish – his remarkable 13th podium in 15 races this year – behind runner-up Andrea Dovizioso on the Repsol Honda RC212V.
After taking third, Lorenzo became only the second Spanish rider ever to win the premier-class crown. Rossi meanwhile put on one of the displays of his career after dropping to 11th at the start, and then taking his 46th win for Yamaha on the #46 YZR-M1.
Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies finished fourth while teammate Colin Edwards unfortunately crashed out.
Lorenzo got a brilliant start from pole and set off in front with Dovizioso in tow, while Rossi, starting sixth, slipped back through the field in the charge to turn one.
A few corners were enough to let the Italian know that all was not lost, however, and Rossi quickly began to pick off his competitors, scything through the field to move into third by just the fourth lap.
Lorenzo eventually opted for a safer pace to secure the championship and ceded to first Dovizioso and then Rossi, who was clearly in pursuit of a win, and eventually beat Dovizioso by a close 0.244 sec.
Valentino Rossi says: “This is a wonderful moment for me. I am so happy to win like this and take my 46th win with Yamaha on ‘my’ M1. Finally I want to say congratulations to Yamaha and to Jorge – he has been fast all season, at all tracks and in all conditions, and he deserves to be the world champion.”
It was Lorenzo’s day however, and the podium finish for the 23-year-old was enough to seal him an emotional first premier-class title to add to his two 250cc crowns.
Jorge Lorenzo says: “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.”