Jorge Lorenzo has admitted that he’s very disappointed not to be allowed to join new manufacturer Ducati in November for the second test of the 2017 pre-season, after current team Yamaha informed him that they would be enforcing their right to stop him.
Lorenzo will test for Ducati at the two-day outing at Valencia immediately after the final race of the 2016 season, but is very unlikely to be allowed to join them later in the month at Jerez as well.
“Obviously I would like to test, but that doesn’t depend on me. For now it looks like I’ll test in Valencia, but in Jerez Yamaha are not so keen. We’ll see what happens, but for the years we’ve spent together and what I’ve achieved for them I deserve it. But it’s not up to me, and I’ll respect whatever decision they make, because I am still a Yamaha rider.”
However, despite rumours that the move to block him testing at come around as the result of a falling out between rider and manufacturer, a Yamaha source told MCN that it’s simply a case of the Japanese firm making the most of Lorenzo until his contract expires on the 31st December.
While he may be more keen to test for Ducati, he may well remain engaged in PR activities in the aftermath of the season ending, especially if Yamaha are victorious in the battle for the constructors crown.
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