Lorenzo shuns rumours of Ducati deal
18 January 2014 – Jorge Lorenzo has denied that he has signed an agreement to race with Ducati from 2015 onwards.
Spanish media recently reported that Lorenzo is to join the Italian manufacturer at the end of the season, but he was quick to brush off the rumours and made clear that he intends to finish his career with Yamaha.
"When you are fast and winning races all the big factories want you, this is normal," explained Lorenzo.
"I have to clarify that there is no truth in the rumours that there is a contract with another manufacturer and I would like to start negotiating as soon as possible for my future with Yamaha. My dream is to retire after my career as a Yamaha rider. If our bike is even better this year then it will be easier!"
Lorenzo went on to discuss his chances for the upcoming campaign, with his sights firmly set on reclaiming the title from Repsol Honda rival Marc Márquez, who impressively lifted the trophy in his debut season.
"My expectations for this season are very high," added the two-time World Champion. "This winter I had an operation to take out the metal plates in my shoulder so I'm a bit lighter but I'm also a bit fatter after Christmas!
"I am training hard to lose some kilos and I will try to start the season well like last year and be straight onto the podium. This will be important to get points and gain confidence to keep going through the season.
"Our rivals will be tough but if we've improved in some areas then we have a good chance to win the title again."