Motorsport fans enjoyed a double whammy over the weekend as both the 2010 Japanese Formula 1 GP took place with Sebastian Vettel emerged winner and at the same time, the Malaysian round of the MotoGP was held at Sepang. Jorge Lorenzo, from the Petronas-backed Fiat Yamaha Team went on to win the 2010 championship, after starting from pole position.
Lorenzo managed to seal the deal with his third place finish, after losing out to second place man Andrea Dovizioso from the Repsol Honda Team. Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi who gave the tittle to the former won the race.
Rossi suffered from a poor start on the opening lap and dropped to as low as 11th. The Italian who became world champion back to back in the past two years continued the fight and managed to sling shot himself into the lead midway through the way.
Lorenzo became the first Spaniard to win the MotoGP championship since Alex Criville back in 1999. “I was really impressed to be at the front and to not lose any time until the end of the race,” said the Yamaha rider. “When the tyres started sliding I thought to myself, ‘Today we have to finish the race and get the maximum a rider can get in the motorcycling world…’. Today is the happiest day in my life and we have to celebrate it,” he added.
The season isn’t over just yet. There are three more races to go, starting off with the Australian round in Phillip Island this coming weekend. The circus will then head back to Europe for the Portugal and Valencia races.