MotoGP: Lorenzo to remain with Yamaha for 2016


Two-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is poised to remain with Yamaha for the 2016 season despite being linked with a move away from the team before the end of his contract.

Lorenzo’s current deal with the Japanese marque expires at the end of 2016, but speculation had suggested that an early exit may have been on the cards, with both Honda and Ducati touted as possible destinations for the Spaniard.

However, Yamaha Factory Racing’s managing director Lin Jarvis has put an end to these stories by confirming that Lorenzo will remain with the team for 2016.

“I can assure you and I can assure the MotoGP paddock that Jorge will be with Yamaha for 2016,” Jarvis told the series’ website. “We have spoken together already and its already clear, he wants to stay with us, we want to stay with him.

“It’s done, so Jorge will be with us this year and next. It’s a fact!”

Lorenzo’s last world title came back in 2012, but he has failed to get the better of Honda’s Marc Marquez in either of the past two seasons, and is yet to finish on the podium in 2015.

However, he did show signs of a resurgence during practice for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix on Friday by topping both practice sessions ahead of Marquez at Jerez.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.