Official Yamaha Quotes On Jorge Lorenzo's World Championship: Lorenzo, Jarvis And Furusawa Speak

Official quotes from Yamaha on Jorge Lorenzo's championship:


QUOTES FROM JORGE LORENZO FOLLOWING HIS CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY

"This is my first title in the premier category and my dream has come true! This is really the maximum a motorcycle rider can achieve in his career so we have to celebrate and enjoy these hours, minutes and seconds like it's the end of the world. You imagine this moment in your head your whole life but when it comes you don't know how to act or what to say. I am trying to be relaxed, to speak clearly and not say anything crazy! I'm so tired right now; I just need to be alone in a room for a few minutes, just thinking about what I've done!

I want to thank so many people, it's difficult to find the words but I have to mention Yamaha, all my team, Bridgestone and everyone involved. And of course thank you very much to my fans, who have been with me every step of the way.

The perfect situation today would have been to win, but it wasn't to be this time. I made a good start and was riding well and I thought I could go away from Andrea at one point, but then he overtook me and then Valentino as well, and I thought there were too many risks today to fight for the victory; it was better to wait until the end of the race.

Motorcycling is my passion and my job but it's also a game, and this is what I was saying when I held up the sign saying ‘game over.' Today it's over for this season because I am the World Champion!

I don't think about the future now, I just want to celebrate my first MotoGP title and I can't think beyond this night. The future will be tough and exciting, with giants for my rivals, but we don't need to think about that now, we can just enjoy the moment.

Phillip Island isn't my best track for MotoGP but I want to try to win because I haven't won there. I want to win some more races this season and I will try my hardest to do so.

We have come such a long way; some things happen very slowly in your career and some very fast. When I started in the World Championship I was almost last in the 125 class but in only eight years I have become MotoGP World Champion. It's incredible how life can change. We have fought so hard and for this. I've been fortunate because I've had good luck, good bikes and good teams. I've always been surrounded by people who want to best for me and I am very grateful for this.

The pre-season didn't start so well with my broken finger but in the end it's been a fantastic year. If I had to pick the three best races I would say the number one was Jerez, because it was the first time I won there in MotoGP and it's maybe the best place to win a race. Plus I enjoyed my jump in the lake! Silverstone was maybe the best race I made, because I was aggressive and fast. Then finally here, not for the riding but for the importance and the World Championship.

I don't know yet if I will use the number one next season. If I can think of a good design then yes, if not I stick with 99!

World Champion - it sounds unbelievable to hear these words, it is such a pleasure, you feel like you're king of the world. We will enjoy this night to the maximum."

JORGE LORENZO STATISTICS

  • Jorge Lorenzo becomes only the second Spanish rider to win the MotoGP world title - the other was Alex Criville in 1999.
  • He is the first Spanish rider to win world titles in both the 250cc class and premier-class.
  • Lorenzo has finished in the top four at the first fifteen races of the year on his way to taking the world title.
  • At the age of 23 years 159 days he is the sixth youngest rider of all-time to win the premier-class title after: Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees and Valentino Rossi.
  • He is the third youngest rider to have won world titles in both the 250cc and premier-class, after: Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi.
  • During 2010, Jorge Lorenzo became only the fourth rider in the 62-year history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing to finish on the podium in the premier-class at the opening twelve GP races of the year.

QUOTES FROM MASAO FURUSAWA & LIN JARVIS ON LORENZO'S CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY

Masao Furusawa, Executive Officer, Engineering Operations

"First of all, I want to congratulate Jorge Lorenzo for clinching the 2010 MotoGP World Championship title here at Sepang, with three rounds still remaining in the season. As a member of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, I am very proud to have had the pleasure of watching Jorge progress from Rookie of the Year in 2008, when he first moved up to MotoGP, to finishing second in the 2009 series to now becoming the 2010 MotoGP World Champion.

"In Japan last week Jorge signed a new two-year contract that will see him continue to ride for Yamaha in 2011 and 2012, and we hope to see him win the championship again in the two years to come."

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing

"Firstly let me say it gave me great satisfaction today to see a young athlete achieve his dream! I would like to congratulate Jorge on his excellent season, resulting in him winning his first MotoGP World Champion title. Today was a super result for the Fiat Yamaha Team, with Valentino winning the race and Jorge coming home safely in third spot, giving us two important victories at the same moment. The points haul today is also very important for the Team and Manufacturer Championships.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to say congratulations and a big thank you to all of our corporate and team staff who have worked so hard and to all of our sponsors, partners and the Yamaha fans around the world that have supported us on and off the track to bring us victory again this year; this is our 3rd MotoGP rider's title in a row.

"Now that the first, and most important, title is ours we will try our best to win the next three races and hopefully in the process the Manufacturer and Team titles to complete another 'triple crown' year."

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Comments

Lorenzo took the title by clearing out in most races, and he didn't do anything dirty in his fight for the title - not sure what you're saying? I imagine that any current MotoGP racer who lines up alongside Lorenzo on the grid would be feeling plenty of respect for the fight they face in beating him to the finish line.

Congratulations to Jorge Lorenzo, who deserves the 2010 title after a seriously strong season where he barely put a wheel wrong. Hopefully he can mount a strong defence to help make 2011 a banner season for the sport.

That Neither Lin Jarvis or Masao Furusawa gave their Congrats to Rossi? Could'nt find a word about it... a pissed off Rossi - Is not a good foe to have if today is any indication - I thought it was a brilliant ride...

Neither Jarvis nor Furusawa issue press releases on any race wins, unless they are special (e.g. Lorenzo's 1st, Rossi's 100th, etc). The team press release was as congratulatory about Rossi as you might expect. People are reading way too much into ordinary events, with Rossi leaving for Ducati.

Congratulations to JL99, he's a good guy but his championship would mean more to this race fan if Rossi weren't hurt most of the season and he beat Rossi straight away, head on. I recognize injuries are a big part of racing but personally, I believe Rossi, Stoner and Spies are all faster than Jorge if all bikes being equal. That's just my opinion. Also, there IS bad blood between Jarvis, Yamaha and Rossi; let's not kid ourselves. Next year is going to be fun.

You can only beat the opposition put in front of you and Jorge has done that most convincingly this year. At one point in the season it looked as though he was going to amass more than 400 points in a year, he was that dominant. I think we need less of the sour grapes and more appreciation of his achievement. And rating Spies as faster than J-Lo when he hasn't even won a MotoGP race yet makes no sense at all. Next year should prove who is the big dog in the Yamaha garage, and I'm betting his mother tongue is Spanish.

Well said mangocrazy, I totally agree, but...

I didn't know Spies was Spanish. :-)...

Just imagine how many points JL could have had if he had not broken his hand in the off season. Those off season injuries sure did affect this seasons results.

Blanking Spies for instance. Not intentional. Lorenzo in his moment. All that harboured intensity released at once.

Rossi signs for Ducati. Yamaha take all Rossi's good bits off his M1 and give them to Spies. Spies' M1 has Fiat paint underneath. And so the conspirators go on and on................

No if's, no buts. A dominant season by young Lorenzo. The man exudes corner speed like no other. Thoroughly deserved. Simply the fastest man on the planet this year.