World Champion Jorge Lorenzo signed off his victorious season in style today, taking his ninth win in front of his home fans at Valencia. Valentino Rossi finished third on his 117th and final appearance for Yamaha, bringing to a close a wonderful seven-year partnership with his YZR-M1.
Lorenzo and Rossi both dropped places at the start, the Mallorcan slipping to fifth and the Italian right back to ninth in the race to the first corner. Lorenzo soon began looking for a way past Marco Simoncelli but almost crashed in the process, somehow making a spectacular save but dropping several places to ninth. Rossi meanwhile made it up to fourth by the end of the third lap and was on the hunt for third, trying to get by his determined fellow Italian Simoncelli. read more
Ben Spies is locked in talks with Yamaha about an extension to his current MotoGP deal.
The Texan, who clinched the Rookie of the Year crown in Phillip Island last weekend with fifth place, is negotiating an extension to his current contract that could keep him on a YZR-M1 machine until the end of 2013.
We understand a new contract could be agreed by the final race of the season in Valencia before the former World Superbike champion leaves the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad to partner Jorge Lorenzo. read more
Valentino Rossi recently signed with Ducati to ride for the Italian firm for the next 2 seasons. The problem that remained was that Yamaha had Valentino under contract until the end of the year not the season. That meant that Rossi would not be able to test the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 after the race in Valencia. With the amount of testing for teams dramatically reduced compared to seasons in the past this would have put both Rossi and Ducati and a disadvantage to the other teams.
Well after a lot of negotiatings between Rossi’s camp and Yamaha boss Masao Furusawa Yamaha finally gave in to Rossi. The situation between departing riders and teams allowing for testing has always been more of a gentlemen agreement. Yamaha was holding off for as long as possible to release the news. It is finally out in the open now hat Rossi will be able to test after Valencia on the Ducati. read more
Jorge Lorenzo overcame a spectacular engine failure (pictured), which subsequently caused two riders to fall and temporarily halted qualifying at the Sachsenring, to take pole position for Sunday’s German Grand Prix.
The MotoGP World Championship leader was holding third place when his M1 erupted in a ball of smoke and fire along the home straight just after the halfway mark of the hour, sending oil pouring onto the track.
Lorenzo pulled off at the end of the straight, but satellite Yamaha rider Ben Spies and then satellite Honda rider Randy de Puniet fell at high speed after hitting the fluid. Both have been declared fit to race, although de Puniet, who hit Spies’ bike as it lay in the gravel, took no further part in the session. read more
FIAT Yamaha has officially confirmed that record-breaking MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is to rejoin the fray at the Sachsenring in Germany this weekend – meaning the 2010 title battle is back on with a vengeance!
What had begun to look like turning into a one-horse race for the 2010 MotoGP laurels is set to be reignited in this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, with confirmation from FIAT Yamaha that following a six-week injury absence, record-breaking multiple world champion Valentino Rossi will return to the grid. read more