Lorenzo can 'sleep deeply' after Valencia win
13 November 2016 – Jorge Lorenzo commented that he can "sleep deeply" as he ended his and Yamaha's lengthy victory drought on his 156th and final MotoGP outing for the manufacturer at the Valencian Grand Prix.
Lorenzo had not triumphed since May's French Grand Prix, while Yamaha's most recent victory came at the following round in Catalunya, courtesy of Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo dropped out of title contention and finished on the podium in only four of the next 10 rounds, but took pole position in Valencia and opened a 4.5-second lead mid-distance.
Lorenzo, running the Medium front tyre, was reeled in by Marc Márquez, who opted for the Hard front, but the Yamaha rider had built up enough of a gap to cross the line 1.1 seconds clear.
"I'm very, very, very, very happy!" said Lorenzo, who will move to Ducati for 2017.
"Now I can stay quiet, I can relax, and I can sleep deep, because I had the perfect end to my stage with Yamaha, over these nine years – it's very emotional.
"Before the race I didn't expect to win, because I knew Márquez was very strong, but luckily I could open this gap in the beginning, and maintain a little bit the distance.
"I suffered so much in the last 10 laps, because when I saw Márquez I knew he was going to attack, and push to the limit, but finally, with one second, I could win.
"It's a last present to Yamaha and we'll have a big celebration."
Lorenzo will ride Ducati's Desmosedici for the first time during post-season testing on Tuesday.