Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has revealed that he is willing to wait until the halfway point of the upcoming season to sign a new contract with Yamaha.
Lorenzo has made it clear that he wants to sign a new deal as soon as possible, but conceded that negotiations have yet to begin.
Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has said that keeping hold of Lorenzo remains a “priority” as there is mounting speculation that Ducati are interested in acquiring his services.
However, Lorenzo admitted that he wants to stay with Yamaha for his whole career and become one of their best MotoGP riders in history.
“I’m ready in case we need to wait until the halfway point of the season to renew,” he told reporters. “It has always been that way. But if we can move the renewal forward to be more calm and to ride better, if I stay with Yamaha that will help both me and then.
“We haven’t started talking yet, but we’ll probably begin soon.”
Meanwhile, after dominating the opening pre-season test at Sepang earlier this month, Lorenzo looked less convincing during the test at Phillip Island.
However, the 28-year-old wasn’t too concerned about his performance at Phillip Island and attributed it to the weather.
“Phillip Island was a bit of a strange test,” he said. “The weather and the rain didn’t allow us to see our real potential. Maybe it wasn’t as big as in Sepang, but I was stronger than what the timesheets showed.
“This year, some circuits will be difficult for us, but we have a bike to fight for the title from the first race.”