MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo to leave Yamaha, join Ducati

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MADRID (AP) — Ducati says reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is to join its team at the end of this season.

In a statement released Monday, Ducati says the 28-year-old Spanish rider will race with the Italian team through 2018.

Mallorca-born Lorenzo, who currently races with Yamaha, has won five world titles in his career — three in MotoGP and two in the 250cc category.

Yamaha confirmed the move and said in a statement that Lorenzo leaves "after three incredible titles, 41 race wins and 99 podiums together."

Yamaha had already signed Italian great Valentino Rossi for the 2017-18 season and said it would announce its second rider "in due course."

Lorenzo is currently second in the standings behind Marc Marquez.

Ducati's riders this season are Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone.

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