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Fans vote on Lorenzo´s new number

Fans vote on Lorenzo´s new number

Jorge Lorenzo will change racing number in 2009, and he has left half of the decision making up to Spanish fans.

Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo will give his M1 a new look for 2009, with the Spaniard trading in his `48´ racing number for a new figure.

Overall, Lorenzo will continue to run a similar design on his bike to that of his rookie year in MotoGP, thanks to confirmation of Fiat´s continuation as the factory Yamaha team´s title sponsor. However, a split with longtime manager Dani Amatriain has given the 21 year-old the incentive to change his racing number from that used by his former mentor.

After proposing four choices -23, 99, 87 and the selfsame 48- to readers of Spanish sports newspapers Marca and Sport, Lorenzo has now narrowed the shortlist down to two numbers. It will now be up to the 2008 Rookie of the Year to pick his number between 23 and 99, with a decision to be announced this week.

Whilst he pondered the dilemma, Lorenzo was also keeping himself busy with philanthropic and promotional turns over the past week. A special photo session for a charity calendar in Barcelona and an appearance at the EICMA motorshow in Milan have been on his agenda, with the Spaniard sharing the stage with presenter Laura Barriales as new Yamaha scooters were unveiled in the Italian city.

MotoGP, 2008, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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