Yamaha has confirmed Jorge Lorenzo
will receive a new manager in 2010 after moving former World Supersport boss Wilco Zeelenberg to its Fiat Yamaha MotoGP team.
The Dutchman, a former grand prix rider himself, will take up the managerial position to provide guidance for 2009 MotoGP runner-up Lorenzo as he prepares himself for a title challenge this season.
Zeelenberg comes to the Fiat Yamaha team having helmed the manufacturer's title-winning effort in the World Supersport Championship last season. However, with the Japanese firm choosing to shut down the operation, Zeelenberg was delighted to remain within the Yamaha family.
"After nine years working for Yamaha I am very proud to be joining the official Yamaha MotoGP team," the Dutchman, who has 100 grand prix starts to his name, said. "It's a big reward and I am very excited about this new challenge. Jorge is a fantastic rider and I cannot wait to start working with him and the crew.
“The team is already a well-oiled machine and I am thrilled to be fitting into it. It's clear that there are four main contenders for the title and Jorge is one of those four. I am a very competitive person, I will do everything I can in the team to create the right atmosphere and fight for the championship title."
Yamaha managing director Lin Jarvis was also pleased to see Zeelenberg moved across to its MotoGP outfit.
"I would like to congratulate Wilco on his appointment and wish him every success in his new challenge. I am confident that the Team and Jorge will benefit from Wilco's long experience as a rider, a Yamaha racing technician and more recently as a successful Team Manager.
“We look forward to integrating him into the Fiat Yamaha Team working alongside Davide Brivio, both team managers being under the supervision of team director Masahiko Nakajima."