Lorenzo: "I'm Worth More Than Yamaha Are Offering"

The biggest blockage in the MotoGP rider market right now is Jorge Lorenzo. After a strong debut season, followed by an astounding start to 2009, the Spaniard is in great demand, and is carefully considering his choices. According to the Spanish sports paper AS.com, Lorenzo has offers from all four manufacturers in MotoGP, but his main focus continues to be signing for either Yamaha or Honda.

Despite being happy with Yamaha, he is keen to get what he believes is his market value from any deal. "I'm very happy with Yamaha, it's still a dream to be here, but we know what our value is, and that's what they will have to pay. At the moment, our value is more than what Yamaha is offering, so the negotiations are stalled," Lorenzo said.

Jorge Lorenzo at the Sachsenring MotoGP

Lorenzo's other option is believed to be Honda, and the prospect of Lorenzo sharing a garage with his arch rival Dani Pedrosa continues to occupy the Spanish press. So far, Pedrosa is displaying a distinct lack of concern, telling AS.com "For me, nothing will change. If Repsol and Honda want Lorenzo, they should sign him; I don't own the team and I don't make those sort of decisions. If they think that [signing Lorenzo] would be good for the team, I will look for the best option for me, independent of what anyone else does."

Lorenzo, like Pedrosa, is also refusing to be drawn on the subject. When asked about Pedrosa's statement that he wouldn't have a problem sharing a garage with Lorenzo, Lorenzo told reporters "I have never worried about my team mate. If you worry about your team mate, you also have to worry about the other 20 people you're riding against."

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