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Jorge Lorenzo says Farewell to Ducati, Signs with Honda Next Season

Jorge Lorenzo on Ducati

VALENCIA, NNC - Three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo has delivered a farewell message to Ducati after the last 2018 MotoGP race at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain.

"There are stories that are happy, others that are sad, and then there are those that aren't either, like my stories with Ducati," Lorenzo said in a video posted in the official MotoGP.com website on Monday morning, Nov 19.

Lorenzo left Yamaha to race with Ducati for two seasons (2017-2018).

He had a poor start with Ducati during his first year.

Lorenzo realized that accepting the challenge of becoming a world champion with Ducati was not easy.

"I was well aware of the difficulties, but the shock I received when I tried the bike for the first time was far greater than I had expected. Little by little, I came to realise that all the skills, which had allowed me to be World Champion, were no longer any use to me," Lorenzo said.

"I had to work every hour needed to learn everything, and everyone".

In his first year with Ducati, Lorenzo only secured podium three times, twice finishing third in Jerez and Aragon, and runner-up at Sepang.

Together with Ducati, Lorenzo closes the 2018 MotoGP season at ninth in the standings with 134 points.

"Thanks to the brilliance and hard work of all the engineers and mechanics in the factory, we've achieved in making the GP18 the best bike on the grid! And this is the legacy that I feel part of, and will remember with great pride," said Lorenzo.

"For the last time: Forza Ducati! Ciao belli ciao!"

Lorenzo will race for the Repsol Honda team for the next two seasons alongside Marc Marquez.