Lorenzo's manager meets with HRC boss

Is Jorge Lorenzo courting a ride with Repsol Honda?

Posted: 8 June 2012
by Visordown News
Is Lorenzo chasing a ride with Repsol Honda?

WITH Casey Stoner leaving Repsol Honda at the end of the season the factory team are on the hunt for a replacement for the reigning MotoGP champion, with the rumoured favourites in line for the ride appearing to be Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Moto2 front-runner Marc Marquez.

Of the three Lorenzo seems to be the first to have made a move in speaking to Honda as the Spaniard's manager has already met with HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto, as revealed in an interview with GPOne.

"Yes, I have already spoken to Jorge’s manager here in Barcelona as he wanted to see me," said Nakamoto. "Not a negotiation but just introducing ourselves. That is quite normal to see someone, when he asks to see you."

The 2010 MotoGP champion's contract with the factory Yamaha team ends at the end of 2012 and manager Lin Jarvis had hopes of finalising a deal after Catalunya.

In regards to Rossi returning to Honda, Nakamoto mentioned that the Italian has yet to speak with him, but any chance of seeing the seven-time MotoGP champion in Repsol colours is unlikely. Nakamoto stated that there is no place for him in the factory team but he is welcome to his own satellite entry if he can "bring a big sponsorship and that will be welcomed by many teams," he added.

The other option of promoting Marquez to the Repsol team is also unlikely as the MotoGP ruling of no rookies in a factory team looks like it is here to stay. However, many believe that when the Spaniard moves to the premier class he will be in his own team on a factory RCV - similar to Rossi's debut in the 500s on the Nastro Azzurro Honda.

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Do u think Ben Spies will be on a factory yamaha? I don't, not with Tech 3 boys doing top 5 finishes almost every round (ignore le mans).

Stefan Bradl may not have the experience but he is doing well. Asking Dovi back to Honda wouldn't happen, neither side would go for that.

These are just my opinions though, just to see what everyone else thinks.

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 20:57

Hopefully, Ben can turn it around! That said, Cal and Dovi are indeed at their top of their game. I think by Laguna Seca we should have our answers.

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 06:10

Early days yet, but if this happens the J-Lo will have knowingly gained a long awaited payback on his best mate Flo for all the wall-building antics at Yamaha. Not only will it mean Rossi won't get the HRC ride (not that such an outcome could ever be considered realistic) but there is more chance of my Mum being offered the vacant Yamaha job than him after the way he behaved there. Marquez will get a "satellite" Honda (with all the go faster bits) next year, that deal will already be signed and sealed. HRC will struggle to provide factory support to another rider even if they wanted to, so if Rossi gets his own satellite team it will be on a customer bike. Such a bike will probably be no more competitive than the Ducati he already rides. I reckon Lorenzo will be salivating at the prospect of being able to shaft Rossi with another year of fighting off CRT's.

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 20:29

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