Jorge Lorenzo: 2010 Sportsman of the Year
After his most successful year in MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo was awarded Monday the 2010 Don Felipe de Borbon prize for the best sportsperson of the year.
The 2010 MotoGP Champion Lorenzo received the prestigious Spanish award at the ceremony for the Spanish National Sports Awards 2010, held by the Sports Council.
At the ceremony, which also awarded 125cc MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez, many of Spain’s most notable people were there, including His Majesty the King of Spain, the Prince and Princess of Asturias and Princess Elena, accompanied by the Secretary of State for Sport, Jaime Lissavetsky.
The Princess of Asturias Dona Letizia awarded Lorenzo the price; last year’s award winner of the Don Felipe de Borbon award was Barcelona footballer Xavi Hernandez
King Don Juan Carlos says: "Spanish sport is now on a clear international projection beyond our borders. I want to highlight the successes of our sportspeople as they help our country to represent itself on a global scale.
"Their attitude and constant work rate are of great pride and should serve as an example to all of us. 2010 has been one of the best years in the history of Spanish sport, and the spirit of survival and companionship shown by our athletes is also worthy of special mention. Their successes serve as examples and we should continue working like this."
Besides taking his first premier-class MotoGP Championship in 2010, 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 24-year-old Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo 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.