Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is set to join Ducati at the end of the current campaign, after nine seasons and three championships with the Yamaha factory team.
The 28-year-old Spaniard has signed a two-year deal that will see him riding Ducati Corse’s Desmosedici GP machine in 2017 and 2018, with an option for the third. The agreement sees Lorenzo taking the same career path as his bitter teammate Valentino Rossi, who left Yamaha to join Ducati in 2011. The Italian only managed to score three podium finishes from 35 races.
Lorenzo took a bright first step in the MotoGP premier class in 2008, securing pole position and second place in his debut in Qatar. His breakthrough would come two years later, when he clinched the world championship title with an incredible 383 points – a record many will be eager to break.
As of the third round of the 2016 season, Lorenzo and Yamaha have accumulated 41 wins from 99 podium finishes. The pair has also recorded 36 pole positions and 27 fastest laps in 138 starts.
With the highly talented Spaniard on board, Ducati will be looking to regularly pose challenge in the top spot and subsequently bag its first championship title since Casey Stoner in 2007.