2010 MotoGP Champion
In 2010, Jorge Lorenzo became part of motorcycle racing history, taking the MotoGP Championship aboard the Fiat Yamaha M1.
But Lorenzo also has a passion for four-wheel competition, and is spending some time racing cars before the 2011 MotoGP season begins. And on Sunday, while racing as a guest of honor, the 23-year-old Spaniard took second place in his class at the 500km of Alcaniz.
The Alcaniz race, which took place the Motorland Aragon Circuit in Lorenzo’s native country, was the final round of the Spanish Resistance Championship (CER); Lorenzo also competed at the penultimate round of CER last month in Montmelo.
At the Alcaniz race, Lorenzo drove an Abarth Assetto Corse for the Difisa Racing of Sabadell team. The MotoGP star’s teammates Jose Manuel de los Milagros and Antxel Echegoyen finished in a highly respectable second position in the D5 category.
Also joining the MotoGP World Champ was another guest of honor, Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari, who competed in the D1 category and placed fourth at the 500km of Alcaniz.
Salvador Espinal (Team Director of the Difisa set-up Salvador says: "Jorge’s development since his first drive at the Catalunya Circuit has been rapid. He’s learnt very quickly and has displayed a high level of concentration, and that’s why he is a World Champion."
"He’s learnt to take corner exits at high speed here, and this has resulted in his final position which placed him up there with some very fast drivers. Also to work with someone like Jorge is a great experience for the whole team."
The 500km of Alcaniz is just another impressive event in Lorenzo’s 2010 racing year. Besides taking his first premier-class MotoGP Championship this year, Jorge Lorenzo also broke many records during his feat of conquering the world’s finest motorcycle racing circuits.
Once the MotoGP season wrapped up, the 23-year-old Fiat Yamaha rider had been on the podium 16 times out of 18 races, which included an impressive nine wins. And this amounted to 383 points, the most a rider has ever achieved during a single MotoGP season.