Jorge Lorenzo has suggested that he wait a while before making any announcements on where he might ride next year. It seems that Honda has shown interest in the Spaniard but Lorenzo says his first goal is to remain at Yamaha if the price is right.
“I don’t know, I think that we need to wait some more,” Lorenzo told Italia1 television when asked about his future.
“I feel very proud that people are interested in me. But I think I’m one of the riders who can beat Valentino in the future.
“I’m fighting with him at the moment, and I think my worth is greater than what Yamaha is offering me at the moment. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Meanwhile, his teammate Valentino Rossi has discussed the situation and relied on third-person descriptive regarding his teammate and to justify Lorenzo’s lower pay and number two position within the team:
“I’ve thought a lot about it, whether it’s better to have him in Yamaha or in Honda,” he said. “I don’t know. There are pluses and minuses each way. In any case I think he will be a tough rival to beat whether he rides either with our bike or with another team.”
Rossi also denied Lorenzo did not get the same bike upgrades as him.
“That’s not true, the bikes are identical,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “In any case, it’s normal that I have with Yamaha a relationship he doesn’t have: when I arrived in 2004 I found a bike that hadn’t won for 12 years and it was crap.
“Now we have the best bike. Lorenzo can’t pretend to arrive, win, and in two years be as important as Valentino.”
He added: “It’s easy to be in his conditions: he fights against Valentino Rossi, one of the strongest riders ever, so he goes for it and if he loses he tries again. Meanwhile, this year we are 6-3 in my favour. Good, I like that. He’s a tough nut with enormous talent.”