Multiple time world champion Jorge Lorenzo will join Honda’s golden boy and four-time world champion Marc Marquez from 2019 after signing a two year contract.
The Spaniard will replace Dani Pedrosa at Honda starting in 2019 as Honda announces the signing, ending his two your stint with the Italian manufacturer.
Outgoing Honda rider Pedrosa is leaving Honda after an 18 year partnership. Honda released a statement that read “Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce the signing of three-times MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo,” Continuing on to say “The Spanish rider will join the Repsol Honda Team for the next two years
“From 2019, Lorenzo will ride a factory RC213V together with four-times MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez: two great champions with great talent and high hopes that will make a stronger team and contribute to the development of Honda motorcycles.”
Before moving to Ducati, Lorenzo rode for Yamaha winning three MotoGP championships between 2010 and 2015. After failing to adapt to the Ducati way, Lorenzo had a rough ride last season, finishing up in seventh place.
The bad run continued into this season, retiring races at both the Qatar and Spanish Grand Pixs. His last race in Mugello bought him better fortune, taking his first win of the season and sparking big celebrations among his team.
Lorenzo’s good fortune came as Marquez had a stroke of misfortune, finishing the Mugello Grand Prix down in 16th place. Despite the poor performance, Marquez still heads up the championship leader board by a strong 23 points. Lorenzo sits down in 10th place, 5 points behind Honda’s number 1.