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    Icon12 Jorge Lorenzo will move to the factory Ducati Team for 2017

    So, it's official.

    Having spent his entire premier class career with Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo will move to the factory Ducati Team for 2017.

    On Monday the 18th of April 2016, Ducati announced that they have reached an agreement with Jorge Lorenzo which will see the Spanish rider take part in the MotoGP™ World Championship in 2017 and 2018 aboard the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Ducati Team. After nine seasons in MotoGP™ with Yamaha and three titles, this is a big step for Lorenzo as he aims to join the likes of Rossi, Lawson, Stoner and Giacomo Agostini in taking premier class titles on two different makes of motorcycle.

    In 2008 Lorenzo stepped up to the premier class and immediately impressed with pole position and second place on his debut. Although the season had several big crashes, it was clear that the partnership was set to produce something special. He would go on to grab the Rookie of the Year title with ease and assert himself as a title threat in the coming years.

    2010 was Lorenzo’s real breakthrough; taking six wins and never finishing a race lower than second. This incredible consistency has become a trademark of the Majorcan, taking the title with an incredible 383 points. Since then no champion in the MotoGP™ class has managed to score more points on their way to the title and will be one of the many records Lorenzo and Ducati will be eager to break.

    A difficult season followed in 2011, Lorenzo missing the final three rounds of the year due to an injured finger. Despite this he and Yamaha still managed to end the championship in second place overall. The combination would come back stronger in 2012 as Lorenzo fended off both Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner to take his second premier class title with Yamaha. He would take five wins and once again never finished a race lower than second place. Lorenzo had changed how races were run, his ability to break away at the front forcing other riders to adapt their race strategy.

    Eight wins would come in 2013 as Lorenzo once again did battle with a Repsol Honda rider for the crown, but this time it was Marc Marquez. The two would battle till the last race, Lorenzo doing all he could to take victory but missed the title by a merger four points. 2014 would be another trying season as an inconsistent start ruled Lorenzo out of the title chance. He would take just two wins that season but would again finish inside the top three overall. As ever he and Yamaha remained focused and came back strong for 2015.

    The 2015 season proved unforgettable as Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi rekindled their old rivalry and sparred for the title throughout the year. After a difficult start to the season Lorenzo rallied and pushed Rossi till the bitter end, once more the title would be decided in Valencia. A classically flawless ride followed for Lorenzo as he took his seventh win of the year and his third MotoGP™ World Championship.

    By the third round of the 2016 season Lorenzo and Yamaha had claimed 99 podium finishes together, the same number Lorenzo has raced with for the majority of his time in the premier class. On the eve of round four, the Jerez GP, it was announced that Lorenzo would Ducati for the 2017 and 2018 seasons as both parties look for a new challenge. Lorenzo and Luigi Dall’Igna will once again be working together, Dall’Igna having been heavily involved in both of Lorenzo’s 250cc titles with Aprilia.

    Ducati will be hoping that Lorenzo provides the boost they need to take their first title since Casey Stoner in 2007 and return them to regularly fighting for race wins. Since Dall’Igna joined the Bologna factory, Ducati have gone from strength to strength and gone from struggling for the top five to fighting for the podium consistently. The adventure with Ducati is a big step for Lorenzo who has never ridden a bike other than an M1 in MotoGP™ but his undeniable talent and Ducati’s rejuvenation look set to make it a fruitful one.

    Lorenzo set to take on new challenge with Ducati

    Cheers!
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    Default Re: Lorenzo set to take on new challenge with Ducati

    Being a Lorenzohead, M1 and Lorenzo seemed to be made for each other, than Rossi with M1 (IMHO though, please don't start a war over this.) Kinda fells sad for me to hear Lorenzo is going to the ducatis next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_kristine View Post
    Being a Lorenzohead, M1 and Lorenzo seemed to be made for each other, than Rossi with M1 (IMHO though, please don't start a war over this.) Kinda fells sad for me to hear Lorenzo is going to the ducatis next year.
    I mostly agree with you. Lorenzo is making more out of his M1 overall, compared to Rossi... specially in the recent years.

    But think about it:- Ducati seems to have improved a lot.
    Their top speed advantage is immediately visible in these races we saw, add up an overall capable package and the end result is great for a true champion to relish! For comparison, even last year at Valencia, Ducati's Ianonne did 336 kmph, while Rossi's Yamaha managed some 324 something.


    And if guys like Ianonne and Dovizioso could really grab attention (no offence), then you know what Lorenzo can do...


    If I'm not wrong, Lorenzo must already be dreaming of "running away from the pole"... but with bigger gaps and a red bike instead..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    I mostly agree with you. Lorenzo is making more out of his M1 overall, compared to Rossi...
    If I'm not wrong, Lorenzo must already be dreaming of "running away from the pole"... but with bigger gaps and a red bike instead..
    Agreed, Lorenzo knows the M1 in and out and the limits of it. Hence he pushes it to the limit and never beyond that (Well, Almost!) But the Ducati will be very new to him, so we should be careful over this. Hope he practices alot and studies the ducati well during the pre-season testing, Which he is certain to do with his very own consistency.


    The main reason for Lorenzo to leave Yamaha, I believe would be the prevailing situation between him and Rossi. It got more heated up these days. They are on the same team, and both of them hate each other. Lorenzo knows it, Rossi knows it and the world knows it! But nobody talks about their enmity beyond their rivalry. Things would have got sufficiently awkward for Lorenzo, that he has now decided to leave Yamaha. I just hope that he doesn't end up like Rossi on the Ducati.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_kristine View Post
    The main reason for Lorenzo to leave Yamaha, I believe would be the prevailing situation between him and Rossi. It got more heated up these days. They are on the same team, and both of them hate each other. Lorenzo knows it, Rossi knows it and the world knows it! But nobody talks about their enmity beyond their rivalry. Things would have got sufficiently awkward for Lorenzo, that he has now decided to leave Yamaha. I just hope that he doesn't end up like Rossi on the Ducati.
    I too believe that. It was in news too that after Valencia 2015, Yamaha are thinking against Lorenzo, for speaking against Rossi in the Marquez-Rossi crash matter. Remember that knee kick... Yamaha's attitude towards Lorenzo could be a reason.
    I still believe Lorenzo has a good chance on a Ducati, if he takes time to figure it out... He's champ material, and the truth stays, whatever Rossi fans say(me being one of them).

    That leaves one space in the Yamaha lineup. It could be the 2016 Moto2 champion or runner up, I guess, or it could be one of the existing MotoGP racers who'll partner with Rossi... or maybe an Australian retired GP racer who seems interested lately... ok, dream mode off! That might not happen.
    And one more question: Have Ducati decided to let either Ianonne or Dovizioso go already? Isn't it too soon? or Maybe Lorenzo is that a big catch, so let one of these guys go anyways...

    Let's see. 2017 is far enough though.


    EDIT: He moved on his own wish though. He was offered a contract anyways. http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/229...o-staying.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    I too believe that. It was in news too that after Valencia 2015, Yamaha are thinking against Lorenzo, for speaking against Rossi in the Marquez-Rossi crash matter. Remember that knee kick... Yamaha's attitude towards Lorenzo could be a reason.
    I still believe Lorenzo has a good chance on a Ducati, if he takes time to figure it out... He's champ material, and the truth stays, whatever Rossi fans say(me being one of them).

    That leaves one space in the Yamaha lineup. It could be the 2016 Moto2 champion or runner up, I guess, or it could be one of the existing MotoGP racers who'll partner with Rossi... or maybe an Australian retired GP racer who seems interested lately... ok, dream mode off! That might not happen.
    And one more question: Have Ducati decided to let either Ianonne or Dovizioso go already? Isn't it too soon? or Maybe Lorenzo is that a big catch, so let one of these guys go anyways...

    Let's see. 2017 is far enough though.


    EDIT: He moved on his own wish though. He was offered a contract anyways. MotoGP News - Yamaha: Each day reduces chance of Lorenzo staying

    Who Ducati let's go off and who fills Lorenzo's shoes in Yamaha is definitely going to be Interesting.

    One thing is, in all the controversy around Rossi late last year, Yamaha stood by him more so than Lorenzo, which honestly was a surprise to me.
    I am a Rossi fan, but I know that Lorenzo is the future. Yamaha still supporting Rossi was heart warming and honestly take my utmost respect for them.

    That retired australian joining Yamaha is sweet dream indeed. That definitely will not work in favour of Rossi, but I am sure he will teach these new boys a lesson or two.

    CHEERS!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    And one more question: Have Ducati decided to let either Ianonne or Dovizioso go already? Isn't it too soon? or Maybe Lorenzo is that a big catch, so let one of these guys go anyways... l
    Its being rumored that Dovizioso will be riding for KTM next year and Maverick Vinales might be the other Yamaha rider, But its just too soon to say anything. We would have to wait for the official announcements!
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    I guess its a good news for Rossi.

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    Default Re: Jorge Lorenzo will move to the factory Ducati Team for 2017

    We may very well see the best version of Lorenzo once he moves to the Ducati next year.

    Hope he can adapt to the Desmo quickly (a lot of that will have to do with if Yamaha let him test the Ducati at Valencia this year.)

    But I don't see him keeping Marquez away. If Iannone stays at Ducati... (which is unlikely if Lorenzo has his way)...

    It'll be interesting watching Iannone & Lorenzo on identical machinery.


    Quote Originally Posted by rachitkdogra View Post
    Who Ducati let's go off and who fills Lorenzo's shoes in Yamaha is definitely going to be Interesting.
    I really want to see Pedrosa on an M1 but it's almost certain Vinales will get Lorenzo's Yamaha seat.

    Quote Originally Posted by rachitkdogra View Post
    I am a Rossi fan, but I know that Lorenzo is the future.
    Marquez, Vinales and Iannone are the future.
    Smith & Redding too.

    Lorenzo has been at this for 9 years now. He's old. Just not as old as Rossi.

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    Default Re: Jorge Lorenzo will move to the factory Ducati Team for 2017

    'That retired Australian' had Yamaha contract for 2007 season, but 'That retired Australian' didnt sign it with Yamaha as he didnt want to share the garage with Rossi. So 'That retired Australian' will never join Yamaha as long as Rossi is in Yamaha.

    'That retired Australian' might ride Ducati as wild card entry. If he does then it would interesting, because 'That retired Australian' was the last rider who won championship on Ducati in 2007.

    PS: Please take my post with pinch of salt.

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