Jorge Lorenzo declared his second MotoGP world championship incredibly hard to win, after clinching the crown with second place in Australia.
Lorenzo's first title in 2010 was won in a year when Yamaha was the pace-setting team and his teammate Valentino Rossi was ruled out for several races due to injury. This year Honda was often the quicker team, and Lorenzo had to fight a rearguard action to cling on to his points lead as Dani Pedrosa closed in.
It had been a three-way battle before Casey Stoner was injured at Indianapolis. Even after the Australian was sidelined, Pedrosa kept the pressure on until his mistake at Phillip Island on Sunday left Lorenzo free to secure the title.
"I'm really, really happy with this championship," said Lorenzo. "Only we know how difficult it is to fight with riders like Casey, like Dani, and with factories like Honda.
"It's very hard. You must be very consistent, never make a mistake, always try to finish the races and be very focused. Today is a special day. I want to thank all the people who believed in me and wanted me to win."