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November 14th, 2019, 01:54 AM   #1
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Valencia: Jorge Lorenzo calls 'exceptional' press conference

Valencia: Jorge Lorenzo calls 'exceptional' press conference



Jorge Lorenzo looks set to announce MotoGP future on the eve of this weekend's Valencia season finale...

Jorge Lorenzo is set to make a major announcement after calling an 'exceptional' press conference this afternoon, on the eve of the Valencia MotoGP season finale.

The triple MotoGP champion's future has been the subject of intense speculation after a nightmare debut season at Repsol Honda, marred by a string of injuries and lack of confidence in the RC213V.

The Spaniard, a best of eleventh place and no higher than 14th since back fractures at Assen in June, will be joined by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta for the 3pm press conference.

The natural assumption is that Lorenzo will announce he is not serving the second year of his HRC contract and - given Ezpeleta's presence - plans to retire from MotoGP.

A less likely possibility is that the 32-year-old has decided on a sabbatical, to regain physical fitness before a return to action in 2021, when all the top seats are currently vacant.

Lorenzo's early Repsol exit would mean HRC need a replacement to partner reigning world champion Marc Marquez next season.

Johann Zarco, who has done an impressive job during two stand-in rides at LCR Honda, is the leading candidate.

Other options would include moving either Cal Crutchlow or regular LCR team-mate Takaaki Nakagami to the official team, in which case Zarco would fill the void, or promoting test rider Stefan Bradl.

https://www.crash.net/motogp/news/93...ess-conference
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Sad day.

At least he retires healthy if he is retiring.
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Marquez sitting in front row. Looks BORED.
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Thanks Jorge for all your contributions to the sport.
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Thanks Jorge for all your contributions to the sport.
Has he retired?
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Has he retired?
Yep. Won and done. Said he knew back at Assen that it just wasn't worth all the pain and hard work if he couldn't win.
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One more time, Jorge beats Vale to the the finish.
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Yep. Won and done. Said he knew back at Assen that it just wasn't worth all the pain and hard work if he couldn't win.
Fair enough.
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Zarco.... how lucky can ya get.
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Lorenzo will have regrets if he doesn't have them already. Wondering what he could have done if he stayed at Yamaha instead of going to Ducati then HRC... that's something that will likely haunt him. In the moment (while taking things for granted) it seem like a good idea to leave, that was likely a decision influenced by emotions... it was the wrong decision. Oh well, he's still proved that when everything goes right for him he's likely the fastest rider we've seen. Can't take that away from him.

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