Double MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo signs up for ROC 2015
Double MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has signed up for this year’s Race Of Champions to be held from November 20-21 at the Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Jorge Lorenzo has won world titles four times—2007 and 2007 in 250cc class and 2010 and 2012— in the premium MotoGP class.
Another former MotoGP champion will also compete in London—five-time champion Mick Doohan. It will be Lorenzo’s second appearance at Race of Champions, after he partnered with Tom Kristensen in Team All Stars at the ROC 2012 in Bangkok.
Along with Lorenzo, Doohan and Kristensen, the other drivers already confirmed for ROC 2015 include four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, F1 grand prix winner Daniel Ricciardo, the reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg and current ROC Champion of Champions— David Coulthard.
“This is an exciting year in MotoGP and I can now look forward to rounding it off by taking on the world’s best drivers at the Race Of Champions. Of course I don’t underestimate the challenge of racing them at their own game but I’m glad to see Mick Doohan in the field too. We’ll both do our best to remind them that bikers can race on four wheels too. I hope the public enjoy it and have fun with all of us. Now all that’s left is for me to work hard over the rest of the MotoGP season to come to London as a triple world champion rather than a double world champion,” Lorenzo said. After ten MotoGP races in the 2015 season Lorenzo is currently 2nd in the championship standings, nine points after team-mate Valentino Rossi.
ROC president Fredrik Johnsson said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jorge back to the Race Of Champions for a second time. He has been one of the biggest stars of world motorcycling for over a decade now, with a mighty string of victories and titles. Since his arrival in MotoGP he has always been a leading light – and it is no surprise to see him in contention for the world championship again this year. But Jorge’s skills do not stop with two wheels, as he showed on his last appearance at ROC in Bangkok. No doubt he and Mick Doohan will be keen to show they can mix it with the best car racers in their own speciality too. What is for sure is that this show is not to be missed. Now we hope to fill out the former Olympic Stadium in November with bike fans cheering on their heroes against some of the world’s best car drivers.”