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Yamaha announces two-year MotoGP deal with Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha announces two-year MotoGP deal with Jorge Lorenzo

Ending several months of speculation and rumours Yamaha have announced that current 250cc World Champion and leader in the quarter litre class category, Jorge Lorenzo, will ride for them in MotoGP next season, with direct factory support.

Ending several months of speculation and rumours Yamaha have announced that current 250cc World Champion and leader in the quarter litre class category, Jorge Lorenzo, will ride for them in MotoGP next season, with direct factory support.

The Japanese firm have concluded a two-year agreement with the 20-year-old Spaniard, who will make his MotoGP debut in 2008 aboard a YZR-M1. Lorenzo is currently leading the 250 championship by 20 points with his Fortuna Aprilia team, after winning six out of the first ten races this season.

The Majorcan rider, who has 18 Grand Prix wins and 23 poles to his name, is delighted with the move up to the premier class and commented: "Signing with Yamaha is the realisation of a dream. Getting into MotoGP with the factory Yamaha team, one of the best in the world, is the most important thing to have happened to me."

"I'm not going to say too much at this stage, as I have a job to finish this season with my current team. Piaggio gave me my chance in the World Championship, with Derbi when I was only 14, and I won the 250cc title on an Aprilia. I'll always be grateful to my manager Giampiero Sacchi at Piaggio as he backed me 100% when I was just a kid showing potential."

The exact structure of Yamaha's team and rider organisation is still under consideration at the present time, with further details expected in due course.

"Yamaha has been watching Jorge's career with interest for some time and we are delighted that he will be joining our MotoGP line-up from next season," commented Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing. "We are sure that he will be a valuable asset for the future and we look forward to the commencement of his MotoGP career with Yamaha."

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MotoGP, 2007, Jorge Lorenzo

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