MCN are reporting that Lorenzo has finally made his mind up.
It’s *still* not official, but it would appear that the rumours and speculation are all about to be put to bed – Jorge Lorenzo has decided to race with Ducati next year.
After signing for Yamaha as Rossi’s stable-mate in 2007 for the 2008 season, the years at Yamaha have been highly successful for the Spaniard; he gained three championship wins and over 97 podiums over that time.
But now – according to an MCN report – there is a ‘verbally done deal and there will be an official announcement of the tie-up between the three-time MotoGP champion and the Italian manufacturer when the championship returns to Europe at Jerez in three weeks time’.
As for his replacement?
It would appear to be universally agreed within the paddock that Maverick Vinales will be the man that Yamaha will be hoping to bring in to fill the soon-to-be empty side of the garage. His performance on the Suzuki has been impressive and he’s likely to be a welcome recipient of Rossi’s tutelage – something which Lorenzo most certainly is not.