News 6 Jun 2018

HRC officially confirms Lorenzo signing from 2019 season

Spaniard will replace Pedrosa at Repsol Honda alongside Marquez.

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Triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has signed a two-year deal with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) from 2019 to join Marc Marquez at Repsol Honda.

Lorenzo, 31, will replace outgoing fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa in the factory organisation aboard the RC213V for 2019 and 2020, following two difficult seasons at the Ducati Team.

“Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce the signing of three-times MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo,” a statement from HRC confirmed. “The Spanish rider will join the Repsol Honda Team for the next two years.

“From 2019, Lorenzo will become teammate to four-times MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez – two great champions with great talent and high hopes that will make a stronger team and contribute to the development of HRC.”

It was initially expected Lorenzo could switch to Team Suzuki Ecstar from next year, only then to be linked to a Petronas-backed Yamaha satellite team until it was revealed following his Italian grand prix win on Sunday that he would be replacing Pedrosa at Honda.