Honda has just made official the signing of Jorge Lorenzo for the next two seasons. The triple world champion of MotoGP will leave Ducati at the end of the final appointment in Valencia to embark on a new project together with the Japanese factory, an agreement that has already begun to take shape after the appointment of Mugello and that today has finally been confirmed officially by HRC. At the economic level, the Balearic will charge around four million euros per season according to paddock sources.
The official statement issued by HRC is very short: “Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce the signing of three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who will join the Repsol Honda team for the next two years. Lorenzo will become the teammate of four-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez: two great champions with great talent and great hopes that will make a stronger team and contribute to the development of HRC. ”
For Jorge Lorenzo, his signing for Honda will mean his third adventure in an official factory since his debut in MotoGP in 2008. The Spaniard spent nine seasons in the shelter of the Iwata factory reaping spectacular results: three MotoGP world championships, three runners-up and a total of 44 victories at the controls of the YZR-M1.
At the end of 2016, Lorenzo left the comfort of Yamaha to face a new adventure with Ducati, a challenge similar to the one already proposed by Valentino Rossi and which ended with the Italian starring his two worst seasons in MotoGP. Lorenzo also has not had a simple adaptation to the Desmosedici, although he has achieved something that Tavullia never achieved: winning with Ducati.
Jorge was confident that Borgo Panigale’s factory would be more patient when it came to sitting with him to discuss his renovation. However, the warm start of the season that led Lorenzo and his apparent lack of adaptation to the bike this year precipitated the decision of Ducati, closing the signing of Petrucci on Saturday night in Mugello.
Jorge already knew that’s why he did the impossible on Sunday to win in the Ducatist feud, celebrating his first victory with Ducati as if he were enjoying his fourth MotoGP title. It was the way to respond to the Italian factory so Lorenzo considered a lack of respect to a pilot with his record.
Next November, two years after his arrival at Ducati and 25 million euros more in his pocket, Jorge Lorenzo will get off his Desmosedici to sit on what will be his third motorcycle since he came to MotoGP ten years ago, the Honda RC213V, a prototype that a priori is far from adapting to the fluid style for which Lorenzo has always stood out, a challenge that the Mallorcan will have to face with Marc Márquez on the other side of the box.
The moment Jorge Lorenzo gets his first victory with Honda, #99 will be the fifth rider in the 70-year history of the motorcycle world that wins with three different factories in the premier class. Before they were Hailwood (Norton / MV / Honda, 1961-1967), Mamola (Suzuki / Yamaha / Honda, 1980-1987), Lawson (Yamaha / Honda / Cagiva, 1984-1992) and Capirossi (Yamaha / Honda / Ducati, 1996 -2007). In MotoGP, Lorenzo would be the first to get it.
Two riders, Márquez and Lorenzo, who added a whopping seven MotoGP titles and who will form a real dream team in the Repsol Honda team that seemed impossible only a few months ago.