Five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has announced that he will retire from MotoGP following this weekend’s Valencian motorcycle Grand Prix, the final round of the season, the Spainard announced in a special press conference this afternoon.
Lorenzo joined Repsol Honda at the start of the year after leaving the Ducati squad where he had mixed fortunes with the Italian marque scoring two wins with the team despite having to sit out the flyaway races in 2018 though injury.
Despite gaining momentum thoughout the start of the year on the Honda, a crash in Assen, which sidelined him for four races means his best result of the season remains an 11th place in France, and has only scored a best of 14th since his return.
It is heavily rumoured that Johann Zarco is to take the seat vacated by the Spaniard. Zarco was dropped by KTM mid-season following a mutual decision to part ways at the end of 2019. The Frenchman has impressed on the 2018 Honda after replaced Taakaki Nakagami on the LCR Honda for the last 3 rounds after the Japanese rider called his season early to undergo surgery.
More to follow.