MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo signs new two-year Yamaha deal

Jorge Lorenzo
Lorenzo finished second in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship

Double MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has signed a new two-year contract to stay with Movistar Yamaha.

The Spanish rider, who won the title in 2010 and 2012, follows team-mate Valentino Rossi, who recently also penned a new two-year agreement.

Lorenzo told "I strongly believe we can fight for a third title together."

The 27-year-old heads to Indianapolis this weekend fifth in the standings, 128 points behind leader Marc Marquez.

Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have signed two-year deals with Honda, leaving Aleix Espargaro, sixth in the world championship, as the highest-ranked rider yet to confirm his 2015 plans.

Yamaha team principal Lin Jarvis said: "The 2014 season has been a tough one for Jorge so far but I am hoping that the confirmation of this new agreement will give him the peace of mind to be able to focus 100% of his energy on the remaining races.

"For 2015 and beyond we have no doubt that Jorge will be a strong title contender and we will do our very best to provide him with the materials and the support he needs to be able to realise our shared ambitions."

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