JORGE LORENZO has admitted to turning down an offer from Honda to stick with Yamaha for another two seasons.
It was announced earlier this week that Yamaha had secured the 2010 champion for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, after Honda had shown interest in Lorenzo to replace the soon to be vacated seat of reigning chamion Casey Stoner.
“As you know I have signed for two more years with Yamaha and I’m really happy to stay with this brand. It was a difficult decision this time, as I had another offer from another brand, from Honda, and the decision was very tough, but finally I listened to my heart, and my heart said Yamaha,” said Lorenzo.
The Spaniard joked: “I waited that he [Stoner] might change his opinion and came back to Honda for another year. So I left the place open to Casey.” - the Australian however, remained adamant that he would be retiring at the end of the season.
With regards to the upcoming race at Silverstone he added: “In 2010 I enjoyed riding here a lot. I felt very comfortable from the beginning. This track gives me the best facility to go fast. But the opposite happened last year when I crashed trying to catch Casey in the rain. For the moment we are going to ride with the same bike as we did in Montmeló. We didn’t find anything new yet, but the engineers are working on it.”