Xerox Ducati have finally ended weeks of speculation by signing Lorenzo Lanzi to partner Troy Bayliss for the 2007 season. Many other riders were in the frame for the no2 seat including Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam.
24-year-old Lanzi joined the Ducati Xerox Team at the start of 2006 and despite a difficult " some would say piss-poor - year the Bologna based factory team has decided to give him the benefit of the doubt by allowing him another chance.
"I am really happy to have been confirmed in the Ducati Xerox Team" Lorenzo told Visordown. "I have to say that I really hoped it would happen because this year I have given 100%, even though things didn't go the way I expected. I have been with Ducati for three years, I know the team and all the guys and I aim to give my everything to get good results next season".
"This year has proved to be difficult for Lorenzo due to a variety of circumstances, but we are confident that in 2007 he will again be able to show the form he produced at the end of 2005 when he won two races on our factory 999 machine. We truly expect him to be a major challenger in next season's championship in his second year in the factory Ducati Xerox Team", said team boss, Paolo Ciabatti.
Bayliss and Lanzi will get their 2007 campaign underway with the first Pirelli test session at Valencia on November 14-15