Supreme Speedster: O’s Jorge Lorenzo Claims 2010 MotoGP World Championship Title in Malaysia
This Spaniard has been charging hard all year long. Now he can finally claim ultimate victory.
Oakley’s Jorge Lorenzo completed his coronation this past week at the Malaysian MotoGP event – as his third place finish solidified his position as the 2010 MotoGP World Champion. The enormous feat has Jorge joining a list of three Oakley World Champions in the premier class since 2003.
And his path to ultimate victory was dramatic. In a thrilling race, the 23-year-old took it hard to the competition.
Lorenzo, the pole holder, came out of the gates on fire and led into turn one as the race got underway – with event winner Valentino Rossi’s getaway from the starting grid less than ideal. Rossi dropped as low as 11th on the opening lap – but he wouldn’t stay back for long.
Oakley’s Casey Stoner, a favorite to challenge for the win, suffered a huge disappointment when he crashed out on the opening lap, bringing to an end to his hopes of bagging a win.
Andrea Dovizioso stuck with Lorenzo and the pair established a slight gap at the front, but by only the third lap Rossi had recovered to fourth position as he set his sights on the leaders.
Meanwhile Rossi was repeatedly laying down fast laps as he honed in on the riders at the front of the pack. And just past the midway point of the race, the Italian stole the lead, first passing Lorenz, then Dovizioso. The two Italians stole the top two spots again in what was a thrilling fight to the end.
Rossi was not to be denied his second win of the season, as he crossed the line 0.224s ahead of Dovizioso, with Lorenzo in third. But with the top three finish, Lorenzo cemented the 2010 title with his 13th podium of the season – setting off celebrations from his fans from all around Europe and the globe.
Oakley’s Ben Spies also took the fourth spot with rookie Alvaro Bautista equalling his season’s best result in fifth. O’s Nicky Hayden finished in a solid sixth.
Since the introduction of the successful MotoGP class in 2003, Jorge Lorenzo is Oakley’s third MotoGP world champion. Oakley had at least one rider in the top three spots of the eight MotoGP world championships thus far:
3x 1st places with Nicky Hayden in 2006, Casey Stoner in 2007 and Jorge Lorenzo in 2010.
4x 2nd places with Sete Gibernau in 2003 & 2004, with Casey Stoner in 2008 and Jorge Lorenzo in 2009.
2x 3rd places with Nicky Hayden in 2005 and Loris Capirossi in 2007.
Congratulations to Jorge for a killer season and for being crowned the King of MotoGP!
Check out Radio Televisión Española’s (Spain’s Official Radio/Television Outlet) broadcast of the huge moment: (Disclaimer: the following video is in Castillian Spanish)