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2014-08-08 08:05

TWO MORE YEARS: Jorge Lorenzo has extended his contract for two more seasons with Yamaha. Image: AFP

MADRID, Spain - MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo has extended his contract with Yamaha until 2016 which will stretch his stint with the Japanese manufacturer to nine years.

Lorenzo said on the offical MotoGP website on Thursday (August 7): "It is a relief to be able to now completely focus on the remainder of the 2014 season in the knowledge that our relationship will continue for the next two seasons.

"It has always been my wish to continue my career with Yamaha... I strongly believe we can fight for a third title together."

CHASING MARQUEZ

The 27-year-old Majorcan, a two-time premier class world champion, is currently fifth in the MotoGP standings on 97 points.

Lorenzo is trailing Spanish compatriot and defending champion, Honda's Marc Marquez, has won all nine of the 18 scheduled races so far in 2014 and has 225 points.

The next GP will be at Indianapolis on Sunday (August 10).

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