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Lorenzo Sticks with Yamaha for 2010 MotoGP

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Valentino Rossi - MotoGP  Sachsenring Germany
With all the speculation floating around of Jorge Lorenzo changing teams, the word is offical that he will continue to team up with Valentino Rossi.
Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha Motor Company have signed a one year extension to the current rider agreement that will see Lorenzo, presently second in the 2009 MotoGP World Championship standings, as team mate of reigning MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi for another year.

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, said "We are obviously delighted that Jorge has decided to stay at Yamaha for the next season and we hope that he will remain at Yamaha for many years to come. Jorge has shown his talent, his ability to learn and to compete at the highest level with many excellent performances in 2008 and 2009. We have no doubt that he has the ability and drive to become MotoGP World Champion and we are proud that he has decided to remain with Yamaha, despite having received some very serious approaches from some of our competitors. This timely decision now allows us to focus on the present championship, where our riders are currently first and second, and to make definitive plans for our 2010 MotoGP program."

"I am very happy!" said Jorge Lorenzo. "Today is a good day because I have decided to remain with the Yamaha Factory Team in 2010. It was a very important decision and that's why I have had to take the last few weeks to make it, but I think that this is the best decision for me in this moment. I want to thank Yamaha because they have always done everything that they have promised, and I especially would like to say thank you to Lin Jarvis and Masao Furusawa."

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Yamaha-M1 Fan. -Best bike in the paddock.  August 27, 2009 08:01 AM
As his team manager Daniele Romagnoli was saying he is clever enough to know Yamaha is the best bike in MotoGP well done to him for signing a new contract he is the future for Yamaha and soon he will be a world champion.
UJimbo -Bad Luck  August 27, 2009 02:31 AM
I have to agree that Lorenzo is a great rider. He's also very unlucky. He's at his top form at the moment yet he's competing against the best rider of his time, Rossi. If Lorenzo manages to keep up his current performance levels, in two years time he may well be the next champion. But that's after Vale decides to call it. Read a very interesting comment about the Ducati in here. Only Stoner being able to master this motorcycle at the moment. Could this well be the cause of his current condition? Could Ducati actually be that difficult to ride that it taxes it's riders to the point where they break down after a while?
MV Man -Lorenzo  August 25, 2009 06:30 PM
Let's not forget how Vale mentally stomped Stoner last year, it was a thing of beauty! Well said Jay, I too believe Rossi is one of those special athletes that comes along once in a lifetime, enjoy him while we can. As for Lorenzo, he sure is making the most of his time with Vale. Barring injury, Lozo will be extremely tough to beat for quite awhile. The thing is, with Rossi continuing to raise the bar, it's hard to say when Jorge's title will come.
thewall -Yamaha is where it's at  August 25, 2009 02:07 PM
Funny, Yamaha was a joke before Rossi, Burgess, and the hand picked crew arrived. What was Rossi thinking signing with them!!! Haha. Not only did they bring multiple world championships to the factory but turned it from a clown act into the most coveted factory ride in MotoGP. I've heard many riders past and present say Yamaha (MotoGP, WSBK) is a great team to ride for. Unless he was getting a whooping amount more cash to ride somewhere else Lorenzo would be crazy to ride elsewhere.

I'm liking Lorenzo so far I think. He wants to win bad and has the talent to do it. And you can't forget how young he is. He is quite well composed for a guy his age making millions and on the worlds stage. And in a huge way he wants to and believes he can beat Rossi. Rossi is really testing Lorenzo's faith in himself though. The close races between those two and Rossi coming out on top in heroic ways has to shake your foundation. But Lorezo has been gratious in defeat, made no excuses, gave credit where it was due, and has continued to give it everything he's got. You'd be a fool to be the cocky golden child after The Doctor has operated on you. But, he hasn't been broken down and beaten yet like Rossi did to Gibernau and Biaggi. Lets hope he doesn't get that way because he's an amazing talent and would make a worthy successor to Rossi.
Big Jay -Shrug  August 25, 2009 12:28 PM
Where else was he going to go? he is a good rider, but there is no better bike in the paddock than the Yamaha. And his teammate, well there is, was, and probably will never be a better rider in the history of the sport.
NorCalFilth -Lorenzo  August 25, 2009 11:47 AM
Lorenzo has undoubtedly made the right decision. As of right now it appears that no one can effectively ride the Ducati. Here is my prediction, Rossi will end his carrier with the Italian manufactureure. Look for Rossi to try his luck with a third team and to beat/tie Giacomo Agostini for titles won in 2011. As far as all the hype and rumors flying about i am sure that this was an effort to maximize his market value. Randy Mamola looks a little silly wouldn't you say?
Yamaha Will stay on top, with the best 2 riders in GP. We got next year in the bag god this is getting easy.