Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo clinched his maiden MotoGP world title with a comfortable third-place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix yesterday.
The Yamaha rider only needed a top-10 finish to lift the title with three races remaining after Malaysia.
After starting on pole position the 23-year-old took few risks, easing off with two laps remaining and pulling a wheelie over the finish line.
Yamaha teammate and outgoing world champion Valentino Rossi put in a vintage performance to win the race ahead of Italian compatriot Andrea Dovizioso on a Honda, but the day belonged to Lorenzo, who never looked in danger after making a smooth start.
Lorenzo’s triumph was assisted by injuries to his main rivals, Rossi and the absent Dani Pedrosa, but the Spaniard celebrated his win in style, flanked by team members dressed as video game characters while the rider held up a “Game Over” sign.