Current MOTOGP World champion and Yamaha Rider has reached an agreement with Ducati that will have him ride the Demosedici GP17 and GP18 after a whooping two years contract worth 25Million Euros with the Italian Manufacturer
After nine seasons in MotoGP™ with Yamaha and three titles, Lorenzo has decided to take a giant step to switch Manufacturers and aim to join Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Eddie Lawson and Giacomo Agostini in taking premier class titles on two different makes of motorcycle.
Lorenzo, born in Palma de Mallorca on 4 May 1987, has won five world championship titles throughout his racing career (250cc in 2006 and 2007 and MotoGP™ in 2010, 2012 and 2015).
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.