MotoGP » Lorenzo 'listened to his heart', turned down Honda

“I had another offer from another brand, from Honda, but finally I listened to my heart” - Jorge Lorenzo.

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June 14, 2012 8:27 PM

re: "Following Lorenzo's contract extension, Honda's Livio Suppo has said the top priority is to retain Dani Pedrosa."

translation: (like bird with ellison) "dani pedrosa will not be replaced until such time that we replace him". though i could see repsol signing on for a "spanish armada" of pedrosa and marquez. sure, why not. T3 had an all yank roster.


June 14, 2012 8:59 PM
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I think Dani will stay with HRC until forced out of his seat (at which time he'll quickly get picked up by another team or retire). Good for him! He's their steady eddie!


June 14, 2012 9:46 PM

With Stoner leaving, Lorenzo is the unquestionable top rider in Moto GP. Not just my opinion, Honda's too, or they wouldn't have tried to secure him this early in the season. Yes, he likely got a nice pay raise, but I don't question his statement that he listened to his heart. If he listened only to money, he would be on his way to Honda, as they will almost certainly have been willing to outbid Yamaha.
I never thought Rossi would return to Honda, but this development makes his return at least a possibility.

DC - Unregistered

June 14, 2012 10:10 PM

My guess is Jorge decided to stay at Yamaha when there was even a chance that Dani would stay at Honda because of his management. Does ANYONE want to try and out backstab Alberto Puig?

Sure the Yamaha contract was probably huge, but I have to believe Honda could out-spend Yamaha if they wanted to so it wasn't all about money.


June 14, 2012 10:13 PM

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Crutchlow happy, Lorenzo happy, Stoner oh dear. What is weighing so heavily on the little aussi's mind ? Is it the prospect of running bridgestones 33 spec tyre in the glourious british weather or is it the fact that his run of 19 podium finishes ended last time out and he now realises that rossi's record of 23 straight podiums was well and truly out of his league.

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