MotoGP: Lorenzo to remain with Yamaha for 2016

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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.