Settled Lorenzo targets third title
Two-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has put an end to rumours linking him with a change of teams by signing a new two-year contract to remain with Movistar Yamaha. The Spaniard won his two world titles on the Yamaha in 2010 and 2012, and Lorenzo’s new deal comes on the back of the new contract signed by his team-mate Valentino Rossi, which will see the Italian remain with Yamaha for another two years.
Despite a disappointing season which sees Lorenzo fifth in the standings, a full 128 points behind defending champion and current runaway leader Marc Marquez, Lorenzo has made it clear he feels he is still at the right team to win another world title, saying: "I strongly believe we can fight for a third title together."
With their line-up for next season now confirmed, Yamaha will be looking to finish this year as strongly as possible before trying to put together two bikes that can mount a genuine title challenge next year. Honda have secured their riders for next year after Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa signed new two-year contracts to remain with this season’s dominant force and firm favourites with bookies including Paddy Power and Betfair for a 1-2 finish in this year’s standings.
Yamaha team principal Lin Jarvis admitted not everything had gone to plan this season but made it clear confidence was high heading into next season that Lorenzo could get back to being a genuine title contender.
"The 2014 season has been a tough one for Jorge so far but I am hoping that the confirmation of this new agreement will give him the peace of mind to be able to focus 100% of his energy on the remaining races.
"For 2015 and beyond we have no doubt that Jorge will be a strong title contender and we will do our very best to provide him with the materials and the support he needs to be able to realise our shared ambitions."