Yamaha Press Release: Lorenzo to Leave Yamaha at End of 2016

As widely predicted, Yamaha have officially announced they are parting ways with Jorge Lorenzo at the end of 2016. Though the press release speaks of "new racing challenges", the press release from Ducati announcing Lorenzo will be racing for them from next year should arrive within the hour.

The Yamaha press release appears below:


Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 18th April 2016

Lorenzo To Ducati: Why It Happened, and What Happens Next

If anyone still doubted that Jorge Lorenzo has signed for Ducati for 2017 and beyond, then the news that Yamaha Motor Racing boss Lin Jarvis will be at Thursday's pre-event press conference at Jerez should finally convince them. It is not so much that team bosses never appear in pre-event press conferences, but rather that such appearances are vanishingly rare, and often momentous. If Jarvis is not there to discuss Lorenzo's move to Ducati, then something has gone very awry indeed.

We have been here before, of course. When Valentino Rossi finally announced he would be moving to Ducati in 2010, a similar procedure was adopted. So taking account of the lessons from that move, and of Rossi's return to Yamaha, let us gaze into our crystal ball and see what we can expect for the upcoming days.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 23 - Monster Argentina & Austin Wrap Up, Lorenzo Discussion

Episode 23 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is here. In the latest episode, Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber leads the conversation between Neil Morrison and's own David Emmett, in which we take a quick look back at Argentina and discuss the Austin round of MotoGP. 

2016 Assen World Superbike Saturday Press Releases

Press releases from Dorna and the teams after qualifying and race 1 at Assen:

WorldSBK Race 1: He Who Dares

Rea takes the victory, Davies stays close, and Hayden hits the podium

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea as won Race 1 at the TT Circuit Assen as he cements his place as second most successful rider at the Dutch track. Chaz Davies took a well-fought P2, and Honda rider and MotoGP Legend Nicky Hayden got to the WorldSBK podium for the first time.