When Jorge Lorenzo returned to his native Mallorca on Tuesday, he arrived as the Spanish champion, the one who conquered the 2010 MotoGP Championship aboard his Fiat Yamaha M1.
And with champion status comes much notoriety, which could be observed on the streets of Mallorca as Lorenzo made his grand appearance. Hundreds of fans and fellow countrymen flocked to greet Lorenzo during a parade for his homecoming, the capital city of Palma de Mallorca turning into a Spanish Mardias Gras.
The parade culminated at the Illes Balears Presidential Palace, where the MotoGP Champ presented his special “Astronaut” helmet to President Frances Antich. In true celebrity style, Lorenzo then joined his family on the palace balcony to wave to the thousands below as everyone sang “We are the Champions.”
Jorge Lorenzo says: “I have achieved my dream and this title should be celebrated to the max.”
Lorenzo will now spend some time with his family and friends before MotoGP returns at Estoril in Portugal for the penultimate round on Oct. 31.
After achieving podium finishes in 13 out of 15 rounds, including seven wins, Jorge Lorenzo walked away from the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix with the 2010 MotoGP Championship. He then added another podium finish to his MotoGP record last weekend at Phillip Island, the 23-year old finishing behind race winner Casey Stoner on the Ducati GP10.
Lorenzo, who is only the second Spaniard to win a GP title since Alex Criville in 1999, only needed a ninth-place finish or better at Sepang to clench the MotoGP title. In his championship-clinching race, he finished third at Sepang behind Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, and his teammate and race-winner Valentino Rossi.
This is Lorenzo’s debut MotoGP title, and he also has two in the former 250cc Class aboard an Aprilia.