Lorenzo signs new two-year Yamaha deal
7 August 2014 – Jorge Lorenzo has signed a new two-year deal with Yamaha, tying him to the brand until at least 2016.
Lorenzo had long expressed his desire to finish his MotoGP career with Yamaha, having stepped up to the top echelon of motorcycle racing with the Japanese manufacturer after winning the 2006 and 2007 250cc titles.
The Spaniard has experienced a challenging start to the 2014 campaign, leaving him a distant fifth in the championship standings at the midway point, but he remains certain that he can fight for a third world title.
"I am very happy to finally be able to make this announcement," Lorenzo commented.
"It is a relief to be able to now completely focus on the remainder of the 2014 season in the knowledge that our relationship will continue for the next two seasons. It has always been my wish to continue my career with Yamaha; I strongly believe we can fight for a third title.
"This season has been very challenging after a difficult start, however we will continue to take it race by race, giving 100 per cent until [the final round in] Valencia."
Yamaha's Managing Director, Lin Jarvis, says he has retained absolute faith in Lorenzo's underlying ability.
"The 2014 season has been a tough one for Jorge so far but I am hoping that the confirmation of this new agreement will give him the peace of mind to be able to focus 100 per cent on the remaining races," he said.
"Last year we saw what Jorge was able to do when the going was tough and he was fighting back from mid-season injuries so we know that the potential is there for a strong second half to the 2014 season.
"For 2015 and beyond we have no doubt that Jorge will be a strong title contender and we will do our very best to provide him with the materials and the support he needs to be able to realize our shared ambitions."