Spanish motorbike racer Jorge Lorenzo declared on Tuesday that he would be earning the switch to 4-wheeled racing total-time from in this article on out, adhering to his 2019 retirement from MotoGP immediately after successful 5 motorcycle entire world championships (three times in MotoGP with Yamaha, and 2 times in the 250cc category with Aprilia).
Legendary Lorenzo will stage aboard a Porsche 911 Carrera Cup racer for the Italian championship this period. The two-wheeled champ has signed a deal with previous F1 racer Piercarlo Ghinzani to race for the Group Ghinzani Arco crew sponsored by Q8 Hi Perform.
“A new and enjoyable phase of my lifetime begins,” Lorenzo wrote on social media. “I want to thank the Q8 Hi Carry out workforce for welcoming me and deciding upon me as an official driver for the Porsche Carrera Cup Italy. We are a sturdy, united and formidable team and I am keen to get included and verify that I can also be competitive on four wheels.”
Lorenzo follows fellow MotoGP opponents Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, and Andrea Dovizioso make the bounce from two wheels to 4. Rossi himself is racing in a DTM Ferrari with Red Bull backing, though Pedrosa will take on the Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo Europe series.
Jorge, like Rossi had, expended some of his time in MotoGP dabbling with four-wheeled racing efforts. He raced and received his class at the 24 Hrs of Barcelona, and entered the Gulf 12 Several hours in Abu Dhabi. He’s also put in time onboard a then-current GP2 motor vehicle in 2012, and analyzed the Mercedes championship-successful F1 car or truck in 2016. By comparison, a dash race in a Porsche cup automobile ought to be a stroll in the park!
Porsche Carrera Cup Italy is typically a extremely solid subject of competitiveness, owning generated current champions like Alessandro Balzan, Mateo Cairoli, Côme Ledogar, and Alessio Rovera. The 2021 winner, Alberto Cerqui, raced for the incredibly exact Q8 Hi Carry out Crew that Lorenzo will climb aboard in 2022.
The year kicks off at Imola in May possibly, and will go on to take a look at tracks that Lorenzo is very acquainted with, together with Misano, Mugello, and Monza. There’s no telling but no matter if Lorenzo can parlay his motorbike success into a occupation in tin tops, but we’ll have a substantially much better plan soon after the six rounds of this championship.