Jorge Lorenzo keen to secure new Yamaha contract soon

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Defending MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo hopes to sign a new contract with Yamaha before the opening race of the 2016 season in Qatar on March 20.

Lorenzo won his third MotoGP championship last year after beating teammate Valentino Rossi in a season-long battle that ended in controversial circumstances in Valencia last November.

Both riders are out of contract at the end of 2016, but Lorenzo hopes that he can get his future resolved sooner rather than later.

“I want to renew my contract before the start of the season, but if not I’ll just keep quiet and trust in myself,” Lorenzo told Movistar.

“If we can not find an agreement, we will have to wait until Mugello or even Brno, just like other years.”

Lorenzo made his MotoGP debut with Yamaha back in 2008, and would like to see out the remainder of his MotoGP with the Japanese manufacturer if possible.

“My goal remains to retire with Yamaha without changing teams and try to match the four titles Valentino has, or even surpass that,” Lorenzo said.

“But it’s true, renewing before the start of the world championship would take away some pressure and anxiety you as a rider may have when not knowing what the future holds.”

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

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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.