After some speculation and then talk of when not if he would go, it was finally announced on Monday 18th April that Spanish MotoGP rider, Jorge Lorenzo, will be leaving Yamaha to join Ducati for 2017.
The deal is, according to some reports, for two years with an option of a third and leaves either Andrea Iannone or Andrea Dovizioso, both talented riders, searching for a new home on the 2017 grid.
Lorenzo’s move has, naturally, freed a space at Yamaha as well. There has been some rumours that current Suzuki rider, Maverick Vinales, will fill the seat vacated by Lorenzo.
This makes for a fascinating and exciting 2017 with Marquez on a Honda, Rossi and, potentially, Vinales on a Yamaha with Lorenzo on a Ducati. As if having Marquez, Rossi and Lorenzo battling for championships wasn’t enough, there is now fantastic potential for a fourth, and maybe even a fifth rider to join the battle.
Some have predicted that when Lorenzo announced where he was going for 2017, the other pieces of the 2017 grid would soon fall into place. We wait and see what unfolds over the coming weeks and months.