A message from Hiroyuki Yanagi, president of Yamaha Motor Co., following Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP title victory at Phillip Island on Sunday.

"I want to convey my heartfelt congratulations to Jorge Lorenzo for clinching the 2012 MotoGP Championship title at the Australian GP with one round still remaining in the season.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the fans, the sponsors and other people involved who have supported Jorge and the Team.

"This championship title has value that goes above and beyond the great achievement of a second MotoGP title for Jorge Lorenzo.

"This was the first season under the new 1000cc regulation and, in that sense, made for a new and greater challenge for all of the riders and teams competing.

"I believe winning the title in such a new realm was made possible thanks to the combined strength of the riders, the machine and the team's management.

"Let me say that I am very proud to have a rider like Jorge Lorenzo, who continues to adapt and grow steadily with such success, as a member of the Yamaha family.

"I look forward to his achievements in the 2013 season to come."


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