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MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and 125cc title winner Marc Márquez have been honoured at the national sporting awards ceremony in home nation Spain, with King Juan Carlos I having been on hand to present the Yamaha rider with the 2010 Don Felipe de Borbón prize as top sportsman of the year.
As Lorenzo received the ultimate award, Márquez was presented with his accolade after making the best progress as an under 18 sportsperson, with the ceremony having been staged at the El Pardo palace in Madrid on Monday with the Spanish Royal Family present.
“Spanish sport is now on a clear international projection beyond our borders,” His Majesty the King commented. “I want to highlight the successes of our sportspeople as they help our country to represent itself on a global scale.
“Their attitude and constant work rate are of great pride and should serve as an example to all of us. 2010 has been one of the best years in the history of Spanish sport and the spirit of survival and companionship shown by our athletes is also worthy of special mention.
"Their successes serve as examples and we should continue working like this.”
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