Colin Edwards is a nice guy and an accomplished racer. But he's 33 years old now and he isn't winning races in MotoGP. Valentino Rossi is, of course, God. But even he's had trouble going up against Casey Stoner this year. Rossi's won five successive MotoGP world championships already and doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. Which is perhaps why Yamaha need a fiery young gun on their team for 2008. They need someone who's wants to show his stuff, someone who's hungry to enter the MotoGP record books...
Enter Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo. The Aprilia rider won the 250cc world championship last year and so far, has been pretty much unbeatable this year as well. He will, in all probability, win his second 250cc world championship this year and yes, he seems well and truly ready for MotoGP. Which is why Yamaha have signed him on for two years – Lorenzo will be racing alongside Rossi next year. This also means Colin Edwards will probably have to move on to some other team, but with Kawasaki and Suzuki scouting for MotoGP talent, finding another ride might not be too hard for the Texas Tornado.
Says Yamaha Motor Racing's MD, Lin Jarvis, 'We've been watching Jorge's career with interest for some time and we are delighted he is joining us. We're sure he'll be a valuable asset and we look forward to the commencement of his MotoGP career.'
The only Spanish rider to have won a world championship in motorcycle racing's premier class is Alex Criville, who won the 500cc world title in 1999 aboard his Honda NSR500.
The 2007 MotoGP season unfolds...
The business of MotoGP: Dorna to quantify TV exposure
Pat Hennen inducted into The Motocycle Hall of Fame
BIKE magazine readers: "Carl Fogarty is an idiot!"
Aprilia may enter MotoGP by 2009
Desmosedici RR: Ducati's MotoGP bike for the street!
Wayne Rainey inducted into the Laguna Seca Walk of Fame