Ducati has announced that reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo has signed a two-year deal to ride for the Italian Factory team.
“Ducati announces that it has reached an agreement with Jorge Lorenzo whereby the Spaniard will compete in the MotoGP World Championship in 2017 and 2018 on the Ducati Desmosedici GP Ducati Team. Lorenzo was born in Palma de Mallorca 4 May 1987, in his sporting career he won five championship titles in MotoGP (250cc in 2006 and 2007 and in MotoGP in 2010, 2012 and 2015).”
The latest round of MotoGP musical chairs means there is now a Yamaha Factory seat up for grabs, with the smart money on Maverick Vinales to make the move. And it is still unclear who will partner Lorenzo in the Ducati hot seat, although Andrea Iannone is thought to be favourite to retain his ride.