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Jorge Lorenzo will depart Yamaha at the end of 2016, but he remains steely focused on the challenges of the current season.
Early in the week news broke that Jorge Lorenzo would leave Yamaha at the end of 2016 to race with the Ducati Team in 2017 and 2018. The news may have grabbed headlines and magazine covers but Lorenzo’s approach to the year remains unchanged. His goal is to win a fourth MotoGP™ World Championship with Yamaha and win as many races as he can in the process. Round four of the World Championship takes place in Jerez, a classic European circuit and one that Lorenzo enjoys greatly. He also has a corner, the infamous final bend, named after him.
2010, 2011 and 2015 saw Lorenzo climb to the top step of the MotoGP™ podium, adding to his two 250cc wins at the track. The 2015 edition of the race was perhaps Lorenzo’s best performance, starting from pole position and leading every single lap of the race. Another podium finish in Jerez would be Lorenzo’s 100th premier class podium and would see him become just the third rider in the 68-year history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing to reach the 100 premier-class podium finish milestone. In 2015 the Spanish GP started an incredible four race-winning streak, with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) 21-points ahead in the championship battle, a repeat performance would be more than welcome for Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo: “Finally we arrive in Jerez where the first European race is about to start. Jerez is one of my favourite circuits in the world because of the special lay-out of the track and the atmosphere and the people hugging us from the grandstands. Last season we kicked off with a good set of four victories in Jerez after a difficult start so hopefully this year we can repeat such a great result. As you all know next season I won't be with Yamaha. I felt I needed a change, a new challenge in my career, set new goals for me to try to achieve and keep my level of ambition at the maximum. I have only words of gratitude to the Yamaha family because of all the moments we lived through together. I achieved much more than I‘d ever dreamt. What will happen in the future is unpredictable but from here on I just want to enjoy these 15 races that I have left with Yamaha to try to ratify the World Championship. This is right now my only target.”
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