Cherry on Top: MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo Triumphs For Ninth Win at Valencia
The 2010 MotoGP World Champion is still going…and going…and going.
Far from resting on his laurels, Oakley’s Jorge Lorenzo charged into his native Spain to grab his ninth win of the year at the Valencia event, capping off a magical season that saw his coronation as the fastest MotoGP rider on the planet.
The Spanish speedster, who before this weekend had never won at the circuit in any of the three classes in which he had competed there, eventually crossed the finish line 4.576s clear of fellow Oakley rider Casey Stoner, who was followed onto the podium by Valentino Rossi.
Despite the margin of victory it was far from a straightforward win for Jorge, who magnificently avoided a big crash when he touched bikes with Marco Simoncelli early on. Motivated even further by the moment, Lorenzo determinedly pushed on and rode brilliantly to end his season in perfect form.
“Today has been the craziest racing in all of my life,” Jorge said at a post-race press conference. “And it was one of the most beautiful races for me. I just had a good start, then in the second corner, some riders overtook me. But I kept my concentration on every lap – and I had a very good fight with Casey. But I’m just so psyched on this victory!”
In second place and ending his four-year partnership with Ducati, Stoner ensured that any win by an opponent would have to come through a battle with him. Caset led the race for much of the contest, but with eight of the 30 laps remaining, he was unable to prevent Jorge taking over. The Australian, who had displayed blistering pace in practice and qualifying to take pole, selected the harder rear compound tire for the race whilst his fellow podium finishers both went with the medium option.
A further four seconds back, Rossi, who was also ending a chapter in his illustrious career with his final race for Yamaha after seven success-laden years, placed third having engaged in a great scrap with Lorenzo in the earlier stages of the race. The Italian also secured third in the final Championship standings ahead of Stoner.
The fight for fourth was just as intense of a war, where Oakley’s Ben Spies came out on top as he rode his final race with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 before moving up to the factory team.
Congratulations to all of Oakley’s Riders who blazed their way to super solid seasons in 2010!
Now check out this clip from the race in Spain!