11 Oct 2010

Lorenzo claims MotoGP world championship

7:59 am on 11 October 2010

Spain's Jorge Lorenzo has clinched his maiden MotoGP world title with a third-place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old took few risks as he needed only a top-10 finish to win the title with three rounds to spare.

After starting on pole position Lorenzo took few risks, easing off with two laps remaining and pulling a wheelie over the finish line.

Lorenzo's Yamaha team-mate and outgoing world champion Valentino Rossi, who missed a large chunk of the season due to injury, put in a vintage performance to win the race ahead of Italian compatriot Andrea Dozivioso on a Honda.