Lorenzo made his premier class debut with Yamaha in 2008 as a double 250cc champion, and has consistently been a pace setter since then. Lorenzo currently leads the title chase having claimed three victories from the opening five races but with Casey Stoner having announced his intention to retire there were question marks hanging over Lorenzo’s future.
Yamaha’s Lin Jarvis was clearly ecstatic to have reached agreement with Jorge with the Yamaha race director saying:
“This is excellent news for Yamaha and for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team,” commented Jarvis. “Jorge has been with us since 2008 and achieved superb results in the first four years, the highlight being his World Championship victory in 2010. He’s currently on top form having won three of the first five GP races and finishing second in the other two. Jorge’s contract extension allows both him and Yamaha to concentrate 100% on this year’s Championship challenge without any distractions and also to make future plans together to further strengthen the winning partnership.”
Having joined the team as teammate to Valentino Rossi it had been expected that the pair would form a formidable partnership for many years. Their tumultuous relationship led to only a three year partnership but with Lorenzo having shown such promise Yamaha were more than happy to view the Spaniard as the future and Rossi as part of their past.
Lorenzo has clearly enjoyed his time with Yamaha and he is keen to add more titles to his name in the coming seasons:
“I am extremely happy to have signed with Yamaha for two more years,” said the championship leader. “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!”