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Wilco Zeelenberg named Jorge Lorenzo’s Team Manager

Wilco Zeelenberg named Jorge Lorenzo’s Team Manager

Dutchman joins the Fiat Yamaha Team as Team Manager for the 2009 MotoGP World Championship runner-up.

Yamaha Motor Racing Srl have announced the appointment of Wilco Zeelenberg as Team Manager for Jorge Lorenzo in the Fiat Yamaha Team.

Zeelenberg had a successful career as a rider and contested 100 Grands Prix from 1986-1995, racing with three different manufacturers including Yamaha before a five-year spell in the WSS championship.

On his retirement from professional racing Zeelenberg joined Yamaha Motor Europe as Technical Coordinator and Test Rider until 2008, and will now use his vast experience and expertise in MotoGP.

“After nine years working for Yamaha I am very proud to be joining the official Yamaha MotoGP team,” said Zeelenberg. “It's a big reward and I am very excited about this new challenge. Jorge is a fantastic rider and I cannot wait to start working with him and the crew.”

Zeelenberg continued, “The team is already a well-oiled machine and I am thrilled to be fitting into it. It's clear that there are four main contenders for the title and Jorge is one of those four. I am a very competitive person, I will do everything I can in the team to create the right atmosphere and fight for the championship title.”

Managing Director for Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, Lin Jarvis, said, “I would like to congratulate Wilco on his appointment and wish him every success in his new challenge. I am confident that the Team and Jorge will benefit from Wilco's long experience as a rider, a Yamaha racing technician and more recently as a successful Team Manager.”

Zeelenberg joins the team from Yamaha’s WSS set-up, having won the 2009 title with rider Cal Crutchlow.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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