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Jorge Lorenzo to Ducati?

Monday, August 24, 2009
Jorge Lorenzo smiling his way thru Fridays practice session - Brno 2009
Jorge Lorenzo can afford to smile. His skills are a much sought-after commodity, and he stands to make a lot of money as a result.
So it appears that the talented young Mallorcan rider, Jorge Lorenzo, is being offered gobs of money to ride the Desmosedici GP9 in 2010. Internet reports are claiming that it’s a done deal. Former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and MotoGP industry insider, Randy Mamola, seems to think so. Here’s what Mamola stated in his blog on Alpinestars News:

“Next up is Indianapolis and by the time we get there we may well have news of the biggest rider transfer shock since Valentino Rossi moved from Honda to Yamaha. I’m talking about Jorge Lorenzo signing for Ducati and by the time you read this it may have already been announced. My sources in Spain are telling me it will be made official before we head to America and the knock on effects could be huge. Nicky Hayden would be the obvious candidate to replace him at Yamaha but don’t rule out Dani Pedrosa or Andrea Dovizioso, who have not signed deals with HRC despite the bullish claims of their new president at Brno.”

Can Lorenzo ride the GP9 at the same level as Stoner? Different bike, different team, high expectations and a lot of pressure, it won’t be an easy task. Just ask Nicky Hayden and Marco Melandri. And he’ll be in a paddock where he’ll still be the second featured factory rider until he begins posting better results than Stoner. Then there’s the tempestuous beast that is the Desmosedici GP9. Why is it that nobody but Stoner seems capable of taming the stallion? I’d make sure that I put in plenty of laps on the bike before making my decision. But big money can make you a believer.
 
And what about dissension in the ranks? It’s nothing new to Lorenzo. Remember the drawn curtains between the two Fiat Yamaha teams last year due to Rossi and Lorenzo running different manufacturer’s tires? But what about Casey? Stoner brought the MotoGP World Championship title home to Ducati, but now the Italian marque is offering another rider a lot more money than he’s making to come in and race for the team. That’s the biz, I know, but that can’t make Stoner too happy. And where will Nicky Hayden land? Will Yamaha offer Lorenzo’s spot to the rising World Superbike star, Ben Spies, who has already demonstrated that he can win on the YZR? The MotoGP rumor mill churns, and by the end of this week we should know Lorenzo’s plans at least. Check back with Motorcycle USA regularly because as soon as we have the answers we’ll bring you the news.
Post Tags: Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Fiat Yamaha, Marlboro Ducati, MotoGP
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Spain -burnout February 7, 2010 07:26 PM
Come on Lorenzo beat Rossi.
MV Man -Jason August 27, 2009 11:09 AM
Dude, you went old school with "Yanagawa on a Kawa." Every time I saw Akira I remember thinking, "I guess Kawasaki doesn't have a dental plan." What a grill, but the dude could thrill!! As far as Nicky goes, I suppose he's reached his expiration date in the Moto-GP. It's just not a good fit for him any longer. I think Nicky has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport over the years. He continues to be wildly popular in Europe in-spite of his on track struggles. I feel this is due to the character of the man. So although I agree that his days in GP's may be numbered, (we all get there), I'll never forget all the exciting moments he provided over the years.
MV Man -Hey Bryan, FYI on 2010 rookie rule August 27, 2009 10:38 AM
Dude,with Bautista going to Rizzla Suzuki, I had to check the rule again. It's right there in the rules amendments where I first read it back in March. "Moto-GP 2010, a new rider to the championship must be entered on a non factory machine." ???????
Jason -Re Re - 89435 August 27, 2009 10:31 AM
Your comments to me sound like an proud American trying to back someone that has no business in MotoGP.

Face it, Hayden stinks and his performance stats shows it. Take a long look at the year he won the title. Doesn't even look like a champion stats that season. Then take a look at his performance after that season. Its funny to see hear all those Hayden nuthuggers comments with you see a Kawi finishing ahead of him in practice, qualifying and raceday.

Your comments on Hayden putting in the most of hours in testing. Hahahah.. Because he needs it but look at what all those long hours does for his results. BRUTAL.. Like you said, when you have a factory team with all the backing to put a man on moon and Hayden is getting put out by satelite teams shows clearly its the rider and not the machine..

Hayden stinks..

O Spies is awesome, Stoner is awesome, Haga is awesome, I even like Yanagawa even though he didnt win anything on the world's stage.

Rossi is king !!! He proved it when he took an inferior Yamaha and won the championship in his 1st season with Yami,
89435 -RE: Jason - Hayden stinks and should go back to AMA August 27, 2009 08:54 AM
Jason...Your comments remind me of someone that can name 2 riders in ALL motorcycle racing for some reason...I bet you know Mladin and Rossi, good for you buddy. Your comment on the excuses on WHY Hayden won the championship over Rossi is just plain stupid. Do you even own a bike? If you do, I bet you were one of those people that bought your bike solely on the manufactures stated HP figures. If you even watch MotoGP, you would know that Hayden is far from being a bum...which rider puts in the most laps in the off season testing just about every setting? Rossi crashing is just that, every rider does this pretty frequently at this level...get a clue. Just shows another rider under pressure to grab the most possible points in the battle for the crown...get a clue! Rossi is the best, most consistent rider on the grid, but please...don't throw a champion under the bus because Rossi unfortunate crashes...where was the other riders on the track? And, don't talk to me about Rossi's DNF's and mechanical failure...every team goes through it, and so did Hayden. Mechanical failure is probably most prevalent in MotoGP due to their being absolute proto-type bikes...with all the technology they have in 1 bike could probably send the next space shuttle to the moon...this is part of the game in making all their electronics to last the entire race...they are on FACTORY teams, they have the tools, it is just the nature of the beast...don't be naive. GO and post that garbage on another forum...The fact that you think Hayden should go to the AMA ranks is just as moronic as letting NASCAR promote it.
Jason -Hayden stinks and should go back to AMA August 27, 2009 08:31 AM
Hayden sucks, no way Yamaha would take that bum. He won a championship because Rossi crashed out or had a mechanical failure and DNF'ed. How many races did Hayden win that year? 1?

I would move Edwards back to Fiat Yamaha and move Spies to Tech 3 Yamaha.

Rossi is the king of MotoGP.. Long live Rossi !!!!!!!!!
MV Man -Spies August 26, 2009 06:58 PM
89435, you bring up some good points, it would be fun to watch Ben next year when he and his team are actually comfortable, imagine that! The only concern I have is Ben falling behind the GP rider curve by staying on production based bikes any longer. He will already have his hands full trying to catch (former 250cc) guys younger than he, who have been in Moto GP for several years. It ain't gonna be easy, but I think Spies might have the stuff. Whenever it happens, and it will, It's gonna be a great show!
89435 -Hmmm...where's he going to go??? August 26, 2009 12:07 PM
Regarding Spies, I really hope he stays at least 1 more year in WSS...he dominant nature with a rebuilding bike, learning new tracks, and mixing it up with new riders his 1st year right out of the gate is nothing short of impressive! His second year with Yamaha makes me think of what he will do to the field his 2nd year...makes me think of Troy Bayliss...I really do think he would take the field by more than 100 points if he were to stay...but, that is just me. MotoGP? Of course...just hate to see him on non-competitive equipment against riders we know he can do well against...
NorCalFilth -Fonzy August 25, 2009 11:36 AM
News Flash Fonzy we discussed this yesterday, Yamaha announced today. Thanks for the info.
Fonzy -Wrong info August 25, 2009 08:49 AM
Never Heard that rule. but news flash he signed a year extension

bryan harley -eatin' crow August 25, 2009 08:47 AM
Harley eats crow! Jorge signs with Yamaha. Whaddaya know. Think it's cool, though.
NorCalFilth -Toesland August 24, 2009 04:35 PM
i might be wrong, Tech 3 could keep toesland around as the piano man. But i heard Billy Joel is trying to get his ride.
MV Man -Nor-Cal Filth August 24, 2009 01:26 PM
Tech 3 Yamaha, or as I like to say it,...TEAM TEXAS!!
NorCalFilth -MV Man August 24, 2009 01:09 PM
Ownership of Tech 3 has gone on the record saying they will not field an all american team. Toes will be gone though. Look for more moves to come, i am sure that Chris V might be in the mix for the Tech 3 ride.
MV Man -Bryan August 24, 2009 12:16 PM
New rule for 2010, no worries. Nor-Cal, I think Toseland's is the more likely seat for Spies, what do you think?
bryan harley -didn't know the rookie rule August 24, 2009 11:59 AM
Wazzup MV and NorCalFilth!
Thanks for enlightening me about the MotoGP rookie rule. I wasn't aware of that. Too bad, 'cuz Spies deserves top-shelf support, the way he's been riding.

From what I understand, Mamola is on the Ducati payroll, so I give his insight a lot of credibility. It's going to be interesting to see how it all pans out.
KT -Jorge to Duc August 24, 2009 11:56 AM
Jorge is tellin Moto GP "Show me the money". It's a risky move but who knows what may happen next. This is silly season.
NorCalFilth -Jorge Lorenzo to Ducati? August 24, 2009 11:43 AM
I have a really hard time believing this. That said MotoGP is a crazy place. One thing is for sure, Spies cant go to the Fiat Yamaha. As he would be a rookie and Fiat is a factory team. The reality of the situation is that Spies would not be riding a Yamaha unless the Tech 3 team released Edwards. That said, would Nicky go to World Superbike on a Ducati??? I think that it would be a good move for him.
MV Man -Side note August 24, 2009 11:34 AM
Spies would not be eligible for Jorge's Fiat ride. New rules state Moto GP rookies must initially ride for a satellite team before moving to a factory ride.
MV Man -Lozo's decision August 24, 2009 11:24 AM
Hang on to your clip-ons, here we go! Very risky move for Lozo. Moving from a team that enables him to race with Rossi in a meaningful way, to a team that presently can't find it's way around with two former world champs. I think Jorge is confident (arrogant) enough to believe he is the difference between Ducati and their next championship. Which by the way, is exactly how he should feel!