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2012-06-13 07:36

TWO MORE YEARS: Jorge Lorenzo plans to retire with Yamaha at the end of the 2014 MotoGP season.

Nick Mulvenney

MotoGP championship leader and former World champion Jorge Lorenzo has signed a contract that will keep him on the Yamaha factory team until the end of the 2014 season.

The Spaniard, who joined the Japanese manufacturer in 2008 after winning two World 250cc crowns, captured the MotoGP world title in 2010 before finishing second behind Honda's Casey Stoner in 2011.

Lorenzo has been in brilliant form through 2012, winning three of the first five races and finishing second in the other two and holds a 20-point advantage in the riders' standings.

YAMAHA TO CLOSE


He will be looking to celebrate his new commitment to Yamaha by extending his championship lead over Australia's Stoner with victory at the British GP this weekend.

Lorenzo said: "I've been treated like part of the Yamaha family since 2008 and I love working with them. Now I can focus on the championship and I'm looking forward to paying back Yamaha's trust in me starting at Silverstone this weekend.

"My dream to finish my career with Yamaha is now closer to becoming a reality."

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