Yamaha and Lorenzo part ways for 2017

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Movistar Yamaha have announced that they will part ways with Jorge Lorenzo for the 2017 season, partly confirming that, as reported by MCN weeks ago, that the reigning world champion will switch to Ducati for the next two seasons.

In the brief statement, the Japanese manufacturer wished him all the best for the future, while not yet confirming who will replace him. 

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 endeavors and reconfirms the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team’s full support on his campaign to achieve his fourth MotoGP™ title.

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.

 

Ducati are expected to announce the signing of Lorenzo later today.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer