Jorge Lorenzo has confirmed he will celebrate his 2010 MotoGP World Championship win into 2011 by competing with the '#1' plate on his Yamaha M1.

The first time a Yamaha rider has worn the number since Wayne Rainey defended his world championship crown in 1993, Lorenzo will trade his '99' to take advantage of the privilege that comes with winning the world title.

Incorporating his 'JL' initials to form '1', Lorenzo admits it wasn't a decision he took lightly, but one he says he couldn't pass up.

"I am very proud because you have to work very hard to have the option to wear it," he said. "I have been lucky with my design because the No 1 works really well with my JL initials, maybe with different letters it would have been difficult to make it look right, I hope my fans will like it!

"I won't forget my No 99 this season, it will be there somewhere on my leathers because No 99 is in my heart. It was a difficult choice to change my number but I have earned the right for this unique opportunity to wear it."