It’s official: Jorge Lorenzo will remain with the MotoGP factory Yamaha team for the next two years. The 23-year-old Spaniard, who has been with Yamaha since 2003, is chasing his first MotoGP championship this year, having won seven races.
Lorenzo currently leads the 2010 MotoGP Championship by 56 points with five races remaining. The only man who was able to catch him, Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, crashed during Friday’s Free Practice Session.
Lin Jarvis (Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing) says: “We are extremely happy that we have reached an agreement with Jorge to remain a Factory Yamaha rider for 2011 and 2012. Since he joined three years ago he has made great progress and has improved himself every year to go from fourth place and ‘best rookie’ in 2008, to second place in 2009, to challenging for the MotoGP championship title in 2010.”
“I am particularly pleased to finally get the agreement in place here in Japan because it will now enable Jorge to focus all of his efforts and concentration in the coming weeks to try to secure his first MotoGP class rider’s title. Being only 23 years old I believe Jorge has a long career ahead of him and hopefully he can win many world titles with Yamaha.”
“Jorge will be joined by Ben Spies in the Factory Team next year and with these two exceptionally talented hungry young riders we will start the 2011 season with the most exciting and competitive team in the paddock.”
Jorge Lorenzo says: “My first choice was always to stay here with Yamaha and I am very glad that this will happen. I feel happy here; I have good people around me, a strong relationship with Yamaha and a great bike. I want to say thanks again to Lin Jarvis, who has always supported me. Now we are focused on winning the championship but I am already excited about next season. I know that Ben and I can do a great job for Yamaha and I want to thank them for their belief in me.”