Ducati move will not affect Lorenzo in Spain


Jorge Lorenzo is adamant his impending move to Ducati will not affect him at the Spanish Grand Prix and he remains committed to defending his MotoGP championship with Movistar Yamaha this year.

On Monday, it was announced the three-time champion would switch allegiances for the 2017 season, ending an eight-year affair with the team.

Lorenzo won the opening race of the 2016 season in Qatar, but crashed out in Argentina, with Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez taking pole.

Having been beaten by his compatriot to first position last time out at the Grand Prix of the Americas, Lorenzo heads to Jerez 21 points adrift of Marquez in the riders' standings.

However, the 28-year-old may take confidence from beating his compatriot to the top of the podium in Spain in 2015.

And despite knowing this will be his final year on the Movistar Yamaha, Lorenzo insists he is only focused on closing that gap and challenging with his current team.

"At this moment I have all my attention and all my focus in the present, and in this championship," he said. "I really want to fight to the end to win my fourth title in MotoGP.

"So for the moment I'm just thinking in blue and to try to get the best results in every race with this team and try to win the championship."

Maverick Vinales has been tipped to replace Lorenzo and team up with Valentino Rossi at Movistar Yamaha from next season.

The 21-year-old Suzuki Ecstar rider is in just his second season in MotoGP and is targeting a maiden podium after finishing fourth in Austin.

However, he acknowledged he will need to get away from the line quicker in Spain.

"I think in Austin if I did a good start a podium was maybe possible, so I need to be focused on my start and try to do my best," he said.

Rossi and Dani Pedrosa will be looking to add to their respective points tallies having failed to finish at the Circuit of the Americas.

Having crashed out of the opening two Grand Prix, Andrea Iannone will hope to build upon his third-placed finish in Austin and stake his claim to partner Lorenzo at Ducati next season.