Although widely regarded as a done deal, official news on a potential link up between reigning 250 world champion and the Fiat Yamaha team remains conspicuous by its absence. But two different sources, the Italian site GPOne.com, quoting the sports daily Corriere dello Sport, and AS.com, quoting the Spanish weekly magazine Solo Moto, are both saying that the deal has already been signed, and that Jorge Lorenzo will ride for Yamaha in MotoGP next year. Lorenzo and his manager Dani Amatriain have said that they will not make an announcement until after the summer, to allow the Mallorcan to concentrate on prolonging his 250 world crown, and so confirmation is unlikely to come from them, nor from Yamaha, who are notoriously good at keeping secrets, as the silence around their signing of Valentino Rossi at the end of 2003 proved.
The question remains whether Lorenzo and Rossi will share a pit box. Rossi is said to be against the move, and so either Rossi or Lorenzo could find themselves in a separate team. But with both riders being such big names, finding cash to fund those teams should not be a problem.