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MotoGP Spain: Lorenzo: I needed a new challenge

'What will happen in the future is unpredictable but from here on I just want to enjoy these 15 races that I have left with Yamaha' - Jorge Lorenzo.
MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo said he 'needed a new challenge' as the Movistar Yamaha rider reflected on his decision to join Ducati at the end of this season.

The three-time premier class champion has signed a two-year deal with the Italian manufacturer for 2017 and 2018, but for now Lorenzo remains totally focused on trying to retain his crown as he prepares for the fourth round of the championship this weekend at Jerez in Spain.

“As you all know next season I won't be with Yamaha. I felt I needed a change, a new challenge in my career, set new goals for me to try to achieve and keep my level of ambition at the maximum,” Lorenzo said.

“I have only words of gratitude to the Yamaha family because of all the moments we lived through together. I achieved much more than I'd ever dreamt.

“What will happen in the future is unpredictable but from here on I just want to enjoy these 15 races that I have left with Yamaha to try to ratify the World Championship. This is right now my only target.”

Lorenzo began a four-race winning streak at Jerez last year to ignite his title challenge and boasts an excellent record at the Spanish circuit, where he won twice in the 250cc class in 2006 and 2007 before chalking up three MotoGP successes in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

“Jerez is one of my favourite circuits in the world because of the special lay-out of the track and the atmosphere and the people hugging us from the grandstands,” he said.

“Last season we kicked off with a good set of four victories in Jerez after a difficult start so hopefully this year we can repeat such a great result.”

Lorenzo is currently second in the points standing, 21 points behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.

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April 20, 2016 2:51 PM

What is it about rider's personalities that fans get so enamored about? I'm asking genuinely. I watch motogp for the racing, and as a rider, watching the different riding styles of each one. It just so happens that Jorge is may favourite when it comes to it. And how do people come up with this theory that Jorge has no personality in the first place? Do they personally know him? Or is it just because he doesn't smile and wave at the camera? lol He could be a huge introvert, or just his way to be supremely focused, but it doesn't mean he has no personality. Headscratcher to me, really.


April 20, 2016 2:23 PM

HRC: Personally I do hope Lorenzo gives Rossi the "Zip your mouth" ...
It doesn't prove anything because those Ducatis were different when we compare from Stoner to Rossi to what Iannone rides. ..
Rossi rode Stoner's race winning Ducati, and was two seconds a lap slower. Stoner didn't do a zip-your-mouth (or anything like it) as I recall, but I'll bet he laughed his ar$e off in private when he saw just haw much slower Rossi was, especially after the arrogant and disrespectful insults Rossi directed at him beforehand. #Not RidingItHardEnough

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