Jorge Lorenzo's management team have confirmed that the reigning 250cc world champion has a pre-contract in place with Yamaha for MotoGP next season.
Out of respect for current employer Aprilia, and to minimise distraction during his quest for a second 250cc world title, Lorenzo and his management have been refusing to comment on the Spaniard's near-certain 2008 MotoGP move.
However, as the 2007 season enters its second half, the 20-year-old's management company, Motorsport 48 (Lorenzo's race number, prior to this season, was 48), has confirmed to Spanish sporstpaper AS
that both a verbal agreement and pre-contract are already in place to put Jorge on an M1 next year, presumably alongside Valentino Rossi in the factory team, and that only a few minor details now remain.
Lorenzo, who has adopted elaborate Rossi-like post race celebrations, has won six of the nine 250cc races so far this season, handing him a 23 point lead over Honda's Andrea Dovizioso
Meanwhile, Rossi has been partnered by Colin Edwards for the past three seasons, with whom the Italian works well and wants to keep as a team-mate, but - depending on the structure of Yamaha's MotoGP effort next year - the Texan may now have to seek a seat with the satellite Tech 3 team.
Edwards has stated that his goal is to remain with Yamaha in MotoGP and as such he would consider a Tech 3 ride if they had 'a winning tyre' - meaning either Michelin (the same as the factory team) or Bridgestone. Tech 3 is currently backed by Dunlop.
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