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OFFICIAL: Jorge Lorenzo has left Yamaha for Ducati!

We all knew it was coming, but that somehow doesn’t make it any less of a surprise.

In a press release sent out by Yamaha Motorcycle Racing this afternoon, the Japanese manufacturer has got the holeshot on the Spanish MotoGP champion by confirming the decision by Jorge Lorenzo to leave at the end of this 2016 season.

The full press release reads:


YAMAHA AND JORGE LORENZO GO SEPARATE WAYS AT THE END OF 2016

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 18th April 2016

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announces that its partnership with Jorge Lorenzo will be discontinued at the close of the 2016 MotoGP season, when Lorenzo will move on to new racing challenges.

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Since Lorenzo joined the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in 2008, Lorenzo and Yamaha won three MotoGP World Championships (2010, 2012 and 2015), clinched 41 race wins and have been on the podium 99 times out of 141 races contested.

Yamaha is extremely grateful for Jorge’s contributions to its racing successes and looks forward to sharing more memorable moments during the remaining 15 MotoGP rounds of 2016, their ninth season together.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. wishes Lorenzo the very best in his future racing endeavours and reconfirms the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team‘s full support on his campaign to achieve his fourth MotoGP title.

Yamaha is extremely grateful for Jorge’s contributions to its racing successes and looks forward to sharing more memorable moments during the remaining 15 MotoGP rounds of 2016, their ninth season together.

Having already reconfirmed Valentino Rossi for 2017-18, Yamaha will announce the future Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team riders‘ line-up in due course after securing the services of the second rider.


There’s now news from Lorenzo’s camp at the time of writing this, but it’s fair to say that once his people have spoken to their people, and all of the PR’s have ‘got their ducks in a row’, we can expect to find out officially that Lorenzo will be a Ducati rider for 2017 and beyond.

UPDATE: 15:33

AND NOW IT’S OFFICIAL. Yamaha got the pinch on their Italian rivals, so it looks like they’ve had to hastily get a statement out.


Jorge Lorenzo teams up with Ducati in MotoGP for 2017 and 2018

Ducati announces that it has reached an agreement with Jorge Lorenzo thanks to which the Spanish rider will take part in the MotoGP World Championship in 2017 and 2018 aboard the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Ducati Team. 

Lorenzo, born in Palma de Mallorca on 4 May 1987, has won five world championship titles throughout his racing career (250cc in 2006 and 2007 and MotoGP in 2010, 2012 and 2015).


And so that’s it. The worst-kept secret in MotoGP is out and the musical-chairs for riders will begin.

  • Where will Dovizioso or Iannone go?
  • Who will replace Lorenzo at Yamaha?
  • Will Maverick step-up from Suzuki?
  • Who replaces him if he does leave Suzuki?
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55 Comments

55 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Laura-Jayne Swift

    April 18, 2016 at 17:45

    Rob Lydiate

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    Rob Lydiate

    April 18, 2016 at 17:46

    Samuel Saalmans fuck you jorge you massive weed!

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    Greg Boyce

    April 18, 2016 at 17:52

    James Langton

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    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 17:52

    Real? Wasn’t supposed to be announced till jerez

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    MotoFire

    April 18, 2016 at 17:55

    Yep. Real. Click through for the full announcements from both Yamaha and Ducati.

    Interesting times.

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    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 17:58

    Haha dislike him that much?

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    Dane Pleasants

    April 18, 2016 at 17:59

    Lauren Pleasants Tom Beeston

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    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 17:59

    Tom Hutchinson

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    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 18:02

    Haha same …. But whose leaving their duke and who gets his yam that’s what I want to know!!

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    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 18:04

    Well I wasn’t supposed to say until I’ve signed the contract ….

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    Alan Manston

    April 18, 2016 at 18:05

    Fuck off from gp all together you little jumped up piece of shit!

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    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 18:08

    Got that covered, they’ve even changed the rules for me to allow Nike Air Max to be worn during racing

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    Tracy Steele

    April 18, 2016 at 18:09

    Jason Steele I’m seriously surprised

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    MotoFire

    April 18, 2016 at 18:09

    Tell us how you really feel Alan ;)

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    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 18:15

    Hahaha even those nike air max wouldn’t help you reach the floor ;)

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    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 18:17

    I’m also definitely due a growth spurt this year ready for next season

  17. Avatar

    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 18:17

    …. How big of a growth spurt?

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    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 18:17

    …. How big of a growth spurt?

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    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 18:18

    Hopefully a foot or so

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    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 18:18

    Hopefully a foot or so

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    Dan Ballantyne

    April 18, 2016 at 18:18

    Tom Hutchinson homonchulus

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    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 18:19

    That’s gonna hurt growing a foot in that time ….

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    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 18:19

    That’s gonna hurt growing a foot in that time ….

  24. Avatar

    Alan Manston

    April 18, 2016 at 18:31

    MotoFire excuse my French guys

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    James Paterson

    April 18, 2016 at 18:41

    Tony Nicholson

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    Matt Wright

    April 18, 2016 at 19:00

    Alan the cunt.

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    Kieran Wragg

    April 18, 2016 at 19:04

    Great move Lorenzo will have the Ducati back on the top step

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    Gary R Gibb

    April 18, 2016 at 19:07

    Away in drive cars you wee poof

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    Alan Manston

    April 18, 2016 at 19:08

    To late in the day to go down that road!

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    MotoFire

    April 18, 2016 at 19:21

    We reckon you might be right. It’s a BIG move by Jorge, say what you like about him, but the man can ride!

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    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 19:26

    Samuel Saalmans it will allow to simultaneously change gear and slide it into left handers though

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    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 19:27

    Dan Ballantyne incorrect

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    Kieran Wragg

    April 18, 2016 at 19:28

    MotoFire with out doubt one of the best of not best rider on the grid

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    Rob Lydiate

    April 18, 2016 at 19:32

    Get a bike Tom, get a bike Tom, get a bike Tom, Get a bike Tom,Get a bike Tom,Get a bike Tom, get a bike Tom

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    MotoFire

    April 18, 2016 at 19:37

    Tom Hutchinson Do what Rob says! You’ll NEVER regret it! ;)

  36. Avatar

    Rob Lydiate

    April 18, 2016 at 19:38

    Get a daily motorbike ;) quick through traffic and fun, what could be more practical :D

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    Colin Clague

    April 18, 2016 at 19:39

    8.5 mill it’s a no brainer Ducati s are quick

  38. Avatar

    Samuel Saalmans

    April 18, 2016 at 19:50

    1 car 2 bikes!!!

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    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 19:50

    Don’t tempt me, I’ll have another RVF that does 500 miles a year one day

  40. Avatar

    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 19:50

    Don’t tempt me, I’ll have another RVF that does 500 miles a year one day

  41. Avatar

    Tom Hutchinson

    April 18, 2016 at 19:50

    Don’t tempt me, I’ll have another RVF that does 500 miles a year one day

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    Tom Borge

    April 18, 2016 at 20:06

    Ryan Rodriguez Ari Cerisola Ryan Evans

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    Karen Bell

    April 18, 2016 at 20:30

    It doesn’t matter how good a rider he is….If the bike isn’t right he isn’t going to win a race

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    Tim Baldock

    April 18, 2016 at 20:35

    Let’s give Cal Crutchlow his ride.

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    Ade Hewitt

    April 18, 2016 at 21:24

    TBH …. after last years political bum chum fiasco i have stopped watching and stopped giving a flying fuck about moto gp. ….. its all geared towards a few chosen 1s

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    MotoFire

    April 18, 2016 at 21:38

    Nah Bradley Smith would be better. That bike needs a thinker!

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    MotoFire

    April 18, 2016 at 21:38

    Nah Bradley Smith would be better. That bike needs a thinker!

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    Colin Watson

    April 18, 2016 at 22:43

    shame that seat isnt going to Bradley Smith as he was the best option i suppose pol will get it now

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    Alan Mills

    April 19, 2016 at 00:08

    I agree but Brad is signed to KTM, I think Cal would jump at the chance, unfortunately, I don’t see the factory Yamaha team signing either of them, Pol Espargaro is their “up and coming” rider, although either Dovi or Iannone will be available.

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    Ashley Smith

    April 19, 2016 at 00:15

    Dylan you’ll be pleased!!

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    Mark@OZ

    April 19, 2016 at 06:52

    Time for Lewis Hamilton to make the switch…

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    Paul Pickering

    April 19, 2016 at 08:15

    Smith should have had is ride

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    MotoFire

    April 19, 2016 at 08:20

    We agree!

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    Young Lahy

    April 19, 2016 at 09:37

    Cal is shite

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    Brian Mcclintock

    April 19, 2016 at 17:42

    Vinales will get headhunted !

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