November 7, 2010 / 2:10 PM / 8 years ago

UPDATE 1-Motorcycling-Lorenzo wins to set record points haul

* Lorenzo sets points record for a season

* Rossi finishes third in last ride for Y0amaha (Adds details, quotes)

By Mark Elkington

VALENCIA, Spain, Nov 7 (Reuters) - World champion Jorge Lorenzo won the last race of the MotoGP season in Valencia on Sunday to claim his ninth victory of the campaign and set a record points tally of 383 for the year.

The Spaniard, who wrapped up the title last month, passed Valentino Rossi’s previous record of 373 set when the Italian won the title in 2008.

Lorenzo survived a brush with Marco Simoncelli when he almost slid off the track and passed Casey Stoner, who had started on pole, to hit the front with eight laps to go.

The 23-year-old Yamaha rider pulled away to finish comfortably ahead of Australia’s Stoner, who was competing for the last time on a Ducati before moving to Honda.

“I’m on a cloud. I feel much more emotional winning here than when I won the title in Malaysia,” Lorenzo told Spanish state television.

“Over there I felt very cold, but here after a mad race, and after many problems on each lap, the sacrifice was worth it because I won here in front of all those fans.

“It’s a race I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Rossi finished third in his final race for Yamaha after seven successful seasons and hugged his bike on the side of the track after the race. He moves to Ducati next year.

“It’s been a beautiful experience with Yamaha, we enjoyed ourselves lots and won many races. I will keep those great memories,” Rossi told Italian television.

Spaniard Dani Pedrosa finished seventh which was enough for him to claim the runners-up slot in the championship ahead of Italy’s Rossi.

Lorenzo was champion with 383, Pedrosa second on a Honda with 245, and Rossi third with 233.

Czech Karel Abraham won the Moto 2 race ahead of Italy’s Andrea Iannone and Spain’s Julian Simon, who secured the runners up slot behind champion Toni Elias. Spaniard Elias crashed out on the last lap.

Spain completed a 1-2-3 of world titles when Marc Marquez was crowned champion in the 125 cc category race after finishing fourth. Britain’s Bradley Smith won the race.

Additional reporting by Mark Meadows in Italy ; Editing by Kevin Fylan and John Mehaffey; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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