MotoGP » Lorenzo says he hasn’t signed for 2011 yet

Jorge Lorenzo is working towards a deal for the 2011 season after admitting he hasn't quite sealed his immediate future.

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Guntown - Unregistered

August 27, 2010 5:48 PM

It would be too funny if they couldn't find any sponsorship to support little jorge. I'm sure they'll find somebody though, he's doing good in the championship and Yamaha is/has been really strong.


August 27, 2010 5:50 PM

Would not be surprise if Ben Spies makes more money than he will in 2011. Ben is just a smooth "John Wayne" type person and sponsors will line up for him.
Zo is more of a "Lil Wayne"

Andreas - Unregistered

August 27, 2010 6:01 PM

I'd say Movistar is the most likely sponsor, but if Jorge wins the championship (which he will), it's possible that any large spanish company with a big advertising budget would sponsor the team. Mapfre, Bancaja, Movistar or even Repsol are possible.

Robert Danley

August 27, 2010 6:09 PM

With Rossi gone, Jorge has lost his only remaining bargaining chip. Rossi will certainly take Fiat sponsorship with him. There are no open factory (Suzuki isn't a real possibility) seats to use as leverage. Jorge is really just going to have to take what Yamaha offer him.

Get real! - Unregistered

August 27, 2010 6:42 PM

Robert,Lorenzo is about to become world champion for christ sake!
Do you not think that is a bargaining chip?
Take the yellow tinted shades off and open your eyes.Lorenzo is the new top dog and you Rossi fangirls need to wake up to reality.

sponsors - Unregistered

August 27, 2010 7:24 PM

@Andreas: Sponsors may be lining up for him, but Mapfre and Bancaja certainly won't be among them as title sponsors, that's for certain. Aspar has his hands on them long-term and they're already heavily involved. Mapfre probably would have been able to spend the cash to sponsor an Aspar one-bike MotoGP team this season, but Bautista was their favourite poster boy and he went to Suzuki, so Yellow Pages took over.

And you also have to consider Lorenzo's image in Spain. Sponsors are all about selling an image and it's not enough to "only" be a world champion. See the not-long-ago troubles of Stoner and Marlboro as well.

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