Press Statement – Tuesday 12th June 2012, 09.00hrs CET, Gerno di Lesmo (Italy)
It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd can confirm the extension of Jorge Lorenzo’s contract to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2014.
Jorge Lorenzo joined Yamaha in 2008, achieving fourth place in his first season and claiming the Rookie of the Year title. He was then second in 2009, went on to become MotoGP World Champion in 2010 and was second again in 2011.
The Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team is pleased to announce that Tommy Hayden will continue to compete for the team in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike throughout the entirety of the 2012 season, and he will also be racing a YZF-R6 carrying the #22, Tommy’s iconic, signature number. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha.
Stefan Bradl sat quietly under the bright, warm sun and cloudless sky this past Monday waiting for his tires to warm up. The 2011 Moto2 world champion was at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, to learn the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit for July’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
Moto2 and Moto3 don’t race at Mazda Raceway, and many of the younger riders don’t know the tight, twisty track. “I just knew the track from PlayStation,” admitted Bradl, squinting into the sun. “We came to prepare for MotoGP, and I think we will be more ready for it.”
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo claimed a superfluous victory in dominant form today in the Grand Prix of Catalunya, his third win of the season. Starting from second on the grid, the Championship leader tucked in behind team mate Ben Spies on the first corner, and held third until a mistake by Spies on lap two promoted him to second behind Dani Pedrosa. The two local heroes then battled it out exchanging the lead until six laps from the end where Lorenzo put the hammer down, moving into first and building a lead of over five seconds the line.
This amazing event is June 14 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00 per person and includes a tri-tip dinner, raffle entry, and no host cash bar. A limited number of VIP Suite tickets available for guests. Cost is an additional $10.00 and includes wine, tequila tasting, and fresh baked goods.
Skip Barber Racing School will also be offering courtesy hot laps and thrilling drifting demos.
After battling the elements in an incident-strewn Le Mans, the MotoGP™ paddock once again returns to action this weekend at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, where current championship leader Jorge Lorenzo will aim to defend his eight point lead over rival Casey Stoner in front of his home crowd.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo retook the championship lead once again at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France as he dominated in tricky conditions, finishing ahead of Valentino Rossi, who recorded his best Ducati result ever.