Jorge Lorenzo will be leaving Yamaha at the end of the season having agreed to join Ducati. The reigning world champion has signed a two year deal with the Italian manufacturer, but it yet to be announced who his team mate will be.
In what will possibly be the biggest decision in his career, Lorenzo will be joining a team that has not won title since 2007, and that has not even won a race since Casey Stoner’s Phillip Island victory in 2010.
The Ducati’s have been going well this season, with both Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone having finished on the podium. But neither of the current riders are seen as genuine challengers for race wins, with just one premier class win between them.
But it has to be questioned whether this is a good move for the Spaniard. Many riders, most notably Valentino Rossi, have struggled to get to grips with the Ducati, and it unclear whether the bike will suit his smooth riding style.
However, if he is successful with his new team, Lorenzo will cement himself as one of the best riders of this generation, possibly in MotoGP history. Only Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Eddie Lawson, Giacomo Agostini and Geoff Duke have won a MotoGP or 500cc world title with two different manufacturers. It will also go a long way to reduce the criticism that he has received over his 2015 title victory.
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