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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo: Valencia will be 'very emotional'

"It'll be a very emotional moment, because nine years in the same team, that gave me so much" – Jorge Lorenzo.
After 9 years, 106 podiums, 43 victories, 38 pole positions and 3 world championships, Jorge Lorenzo will start his final MotoGP race for Yamaha at Valencia.

The Spaniard is switching to Ducati next season and will make his debut in the post-race test.

But first he hopes to sign off with one more Yamaha win, a result that would also end a ten-race losing streak for Japanese manufacturer.

"It'll be a very emotional moment, because nine years in the same team, that gave me so much," Lorenzo said.

"So that's why I'm fully motivated to train as hard as possible and to finish with a win in Valencia. For sure it won't be easy, because the competition will be very close, but we are going to try."

Lorenzo sealed his third world title by leading last year's Valencia race from start to finish.

The Spaniard looks set to finish third in this year's championship, being unable to catch Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi ahead of him, but holding a 17-point lead over Maverick Vinales.

Vinales will then take over Lorenzo's M1 seat, alongside Rossi, at the post-race test.

"The new season will start on Tuesday after Valencia and it will be very interesting because we will see for example Lorenzo with the Ducati and Iannone with the Suzuki," Rossi said.

"For us, it's also very important, because we hope we can have the new bike for next year. And will be an important test - we will also test in Sepang [at the end of the month] - because we need to understand if this [new bike] is the right way to improve."

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November 05, 2016 1:23 PM

Can't Wait for 2017 Qatar...lolllll if someone thinks JLO and gigi dall'igna combo cant be competitive just go back to (2006-2007) in 250cc and lorenzo will be the undisputed no1 @ ducati next year ... also can't wait to see Vinales giving Rossi a run for his money ... Vinales and Rossi friendship is all fun and games now(like previously marc) loll wait till Qatar next year. Vinales is a tough cookie nd Rossi has to content with a rider as talented as lorenzo but a lot younger and ambitious


November 06, 2016 11:18 AM

Lorenzo has done very well with Yamaha. Since starting in MotoGP in 2008, he has had 43 race wins (VR 26), 106 podiums (VR 86), 38 poles (VR 15) and 3 world championships (VR 2). Perhaps a couple of years with Ducati will allow Rossi to even up the score a bit. However, I can't see Lorenzo doing worse at Ducati than Rossi did (3 podiums in 2 years). There is no love lost between these two, and Lorenzo is going to give it all at Ducati to try and outdo Rossi's efforts. Whether or not he is able to tame the beast and get it to do his willing, or else adapt his riding style to suit the Duc, is going to be one of the most interesting facets of the 2017 season.

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