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Wed 13th Jun '12

Lorenzo signs two year extension with Yamaha

Motogp News

2010 champion to stay with Yamaha for 2013 and 2014 seasons


Yamaha has announced that Jorge Lorenzo has signed an extension to remain with the factory team for 2013 and 2014.

Lorenzo joined Yamaha in 2008 scoring an impressive fourth place in his first season to claim the Rookie of the Year award, he followed in 2009 with second position behind team-mate Valentino Rossi and then went on to be crowned MotoGP champion in 2010.

The Spaniard currently leads the 2012 championship by 20 points after three wins from the first five races.

He said:

"I am extremely happy to have signed with Yamaha for two more years. 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!"


After Casey Stoner's sudden retirement announcement at Le Mans, Lorenzo was hot property on the riders market and one of the key riders being eyed up by Repsol Honda.

Alongside Stefan Bradl for LCR Honda and Bradley Smith at Tech 3 Yamaha, the Spaniard is one of a few riders to have a contract secured for next season.



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