Jorge Lorenzo Awarded 2010 Best Sportsperson in Spain

Reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo has recently been recognized as Spain’s best sportsperson of 2010 at a ceremony presided over by the Spanish Royal Family in the El Pardo palace. The rider, who will defend his title in 2011, received the Don Felipe de Borbon prize, succeeding Barcelona footballer Xavi Hernandez as the recipient of the award.

The ceremony for the Spanish National Sports Awards 2010 was held by the Sports Council and presided over by His Majesty the King of Spain, the Prince and Princess of Asturias and Princess Elena, accompanied by the Secretary of State for Sport, Jaime Lissavetsky.

“Spanish sport is now on a clear international projection beyond our borders. I want to highlight the successes of our sportspeople as they help our country to represent itself on a global scale,”
Don Juan Carlos said, addressing the winners.

“Their attitude and constant work rate are of great pride and should serve as an example to all of us. 2010 has been one of the best years in the history of Spanish sport, and the spirit of survival and companionship shown by our athletes is also worthy of special mention. Their successes serve as examples and we should continue working like this,” added the King.

During the same ceremony, 125cc World Champion Marc Marquez was also honoured for his progression as the best sportsperson under 18 years of age. Marquez received his prize from Princess of Asturias Dona Letizia.

Felipe de Borbon is the third child and only son of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, which makes him the heir apparent to the Spanish throne. Prince of Asturias is just one of his official titles, which also include Prince of Viana, Prince of Girona, Duke of Montblanc, Count of Cervera and Lord of Balaguer.
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