Lorenzo welcomed home to Palma
20 November 2012 – For the second time in two years, Jorge Lorenzo had been greeted by fans in Mallorcan capital city Palma as the MotoGP World Champion. The Yamaha rider was personally congratulated by government head José Ramón Bauzá.
Driven through the streets while sitting alongside his mother in a convertible car, Lorenzo was escorted by hoards of bikers before Bauzá, President of the Balearic government, received the 25-year-old and made a congratulatory speech.
“Congratulations on all the success in your career, especially for this second MotoGP World Championship,” Bauzá said. “You have completed a brilliant season that makes you one of the most prominent figures in the world of motorcycling.”
Once again, Lorenzo was overcome by the support.
“Coming back to my country and celebrating this second championship here was a dream for me,” he said. “With four world titles (two in the now defunct 250cc class) I can ask for no more; whatever comes in the future will be a gift.”
Discussing the threat from Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, Lorenzo concluded:
“He won seven races and it was hard for us to resist their attack, but we did it with intelligence and without committing errors at key moments.”
For 2013, Lorenzo is rejoined at Yamaha by former team-mate Valentino Rossi.