MotoGP: Yamaha Signs Jorge Lorenzo for 2013 & 2014

06/12/2012 @ 8:06 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Yamaha Signs Jorge Lorenzo for 2013 & 2014 Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP Scott Jones

Dropping a bit of a bombshell ahead of the British GP at Silverstone, Yamaha has announced that it has retained the services of one Mr. Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP Championship seasons. Coming to Yamaha in 2008, Lorenzo won the Rookie of the Year title that year as he finished the Championship in fourth place. Second in 2009, and winning the Championship in 2010, Lorenzo was runner-up again last year, and currently leads the Championship by 20 points (his worst finishes this season thus far have been his two second step podiums) — all in all, not a bad legacy to continue with the tuning-fork brand.

A major piece in the 2012 Silly Season puzzle, Lorenzo’s steadfastness with Yamaha Racing means that a seat remains open at Repsol Honda garage (likely to be occupied by Marc Marquez, as the Rookie Rules seems set to be abolished this year). The move also means that there will only be one seat to be fought over in the factory Yamaha squad, with Ben Spies, Cal Crutchlow, and Andrea Dovizioso all having an equal claim to occupying it.

“I am extremely happy to have signed with Yamaha for two more years,” said Lorenzo. “They’ve made great efforts to retain me in the factory team so I want to thank all those involved at Yamaha for this. I’ve been treated like part of the Yamaha family since 2008 and I love working with them. It has always been my first option to stay here and so I’m happy that this important negotiation has finished with such a positive outcome. Now I can focus on the Championship and I’m looking forward to paying back Yamaha’s trust in me starting at Silverstone this weekend. I look forward to winning many more Championships together; my dream to finish my career with Yamaha is now closer to becoming a reality!”

“This is excellent news for Yamaha and for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team,” said Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis. Jorge has been with us since 2008 and achieved superb results in the first four years, the highlight being his World Championship victory in 2010. He’s currently on top form having won three of the first five GP races and finishing second in the other two. Jorge’s contract extension allows both him and Yamaha to concentrate 100% on this year’s Championship challenge without any distractions and also to make future plans together to further strengthen the winning partnership.”

Source: Yamaha; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. Dr. Gellar says:

    So much for both sides (Lorenzo and Yamaha) wanting to take their time in finalizing such a deal. A smart move by both parties however.

  2. Westward says:

    Spies to Ducati. best move for both parties. If Spies goes a to the Borgo Panigale factory, they would have another solid pilot to further their development, and be closer to the rostrum as well. Besides, if it does not work out, they could put him on the 1199 Panigale and race in WSBK, where he is sure be a dominate force in that series…

  3. Tyler says:

    FYI – A small typo “was runner-up last year again last year”

    And that certainly calms things down a bit.. although it would have been exciting to see him go to Honda…

  4. Congrats, Jorge. I will never forget that he showed up at Simoncelli’s funeral and was beside himself apologizing to MS’ parents, a classy act by a good man.

    On the other hand, why would Nakamoto-san NOT consider Mr. Spies for Stoner’s seat at HRC ?

  5. Westward says:

    “Why would Nakamoto-san NOT consider Mr. Spies for Stoner’s seat at HRC ?”

    Cause they have their hearts set on Marquez…