Featured MotoGP – Lorenzo in, Pedrosa out at Repsol Honda

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    Big changes are afoot at the factory Honda squad after it has emerged that Jorge Lorenzo will replace the outgoing Dani Pedrosa, who is leaving the Repsol team after 18 years with HRC and Honda.
    Lorenzo has penned a two-year deal which will see the three-time MotoGP world champion join Marc Marquez in the factory Honda team.
    In a terse statement after his maiden win on the Ducati at Mugello, Lorenzo accused the Italian factory of not doing enough to give him a bike to win, publicly slating their lack of support and development.
    Many paddock insiders saw this as a sign he was heading to a satellite Yamaha effort, but Lorenzo’s leftfield jump to Honda has caused shockwaves in the paddock.
    The move means Honda now has its very own dream team; the two riders share a total of 11 Championships, 130 victories and 255 podiums between them - many of which have been fought against each other. The two are also the only riders to have been crowned MotoGP world champion since 2011 – Lorenzo in 2012 and 2015, adding to his first premier class crown taken in 2010, and Marquez in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
    Lorenzo is now a rider who has two wins for two different manufacturers, and he will be keen to add a win on a third to prove the many doubters who have written him off wrong.
    But, how will Honda manage the relationship between Marquez and Lorenzo, both of whom are convinced they are the best rider in the world? The job of handling two of the biggest egos in the paddock will fall to Alberto Puig, a man who is also known his the size of his ego. Expect fireworks to fly...
    What is clear is that HRC now has two of the most successful riders of recent times in its factory team. How they get along, or don't, will determine whether the team continues its stranglehold on the title.
    Watch this space...2019 will be explosive....
     
    #1 Simon, Jun 12, 2018
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