Lorenzo ‘now a five-time World Champion’

Jorge Lorenzo has revealed he "prayed to finish" the Valencia MotoGP as he was under heavy pressure from the Hondas in the final few laps.

The Yamaha rider made MotoGP history on Sunday afternoon as he became only the third rider to ever come from behind in the standings to win the World title at the final hurdle.

He arrived in Spain for the grand finale chasing his team-mate Valentino Rossi by seven points.

But while Rossi had a penalty that meant he had to start from the very back of the grid, Lorenzo began his race from pole position.

He made the best of the grid slot as he stormed into the lead, a position he would hold all the way through to the chequered flag despite fading tyres and massive pressure.

Both Hondas were right behind him with three to go but a brief battle between Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa gave Lorenzo the breathing room needed to cross the line unchallenged.

"There was a lot of pressure and my rear tyre was destroyed," he said of his race.

"To be honest, I didn't see anything in the straight in all the laps. I didn't see the board, didn't see how many laps was to finish.

"I just tried to focus myself. I was sliding around and moving so much on the bike so I just kept my concentration and prayed to finish the race."

The victory meant the Spaniard won the title by five points ahead of Rossi. It was Lorenzo's fifth World title and his third in the premier class.

He added: "I'm now a five-time World Champion.

"We did an unbelievable job, Yamaha made an unbelievable bike.

"My team is perfect this season so I'm very proud."