Jorge Lorenzo has removed himself from the 2013 silly season speculation by signing a new two-year deal to remain at Yamaha's Factory MotoGP team.

Following Casey Stoner's shock retirement decision, Lorenzo had become the key figure in the 2013 rider market. As such a serious approach by Honda was expected and few thought that Lorenzo would decide his future so soon.

Lorenzo (3) and Stoner (2) are the only riders to win races so far this season.

"It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd can confirm the extension of Jorge Lorenzo's contract to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2014," said a statement from Yamaha.

"Jorge Lorenzo joined Yamaha in 2008, achieving fourth place in his first season and claiming the Rookie of the Year title. He was then second in 2009, went on to become MotoGP World Champion in 2010 and was second again in 2011.

"Lorenzo currently leads the 2012 MotoGP World Championship by 20 points having taken three victories from the first five completed races of the 18 race series."

All of the main MotoGP riders are out of contract at the end of this year and Lorenzo's signature should mean the other factory seats now start to fall into place.

Ben Spies has been Lorenzo's team-mate for the past two seasons, but is under pressure after a poor start to 2012.

With Stoner departing and Lorenzo signed, Dani Pedrosa's Repsol Honda seat is looking much more secure - but who will be alongside him?

Lorenzo joins only Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha) in having a 2013 MotoGP contract in place.


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