Spanish bike racer Jorge Lorenzo declared on Tuesday that he would be producing the swap to 4-wheeled racing full-time from listed here on out, subsequent his 2019 retirement from MotoGP after winning 5 bike world championships (3 moments in MotoGP with Yamaha, and 2 times in the 250cc class with Aprilia).

Legendary Lorenzo will step aboard a Porsche 911 Carrera Cup racer for the Italian championship this year. The two-wheeled champ has signed a deal with previous F1 racer Piercarlo Ghinzani to race for the Crew Ghinzani Arco workforce sponsored by Q8 Hello Accomplish.

“A new and enjoyable stage of my existence commences,” Lorenzo wrote on social media. “I want to thank the Q8 Hi Complete group for welcoming me and selecting me as an official driver for the Porsche Carrera Cup Italy. We are a robust, united and ambitious staff and I am eager to get included and show that I can also be aggressive on 4 wheels.”

Lorenzo follows fellow MotoGP competition Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, and Andrea Dovizioso make the bounce from two wheels to 4. Rossi himself is racing in a DTM Ferrari with Crimson Bull backing, when Pedrosa will acquire on the Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo Europe sequence.

Jorge, like Rossi experienced, expended some of his time in MotoGP dabbling with four-wheeled racing efforts. He raced and received his class at the 24 Hours of Barcelona, and entered the Gulf 12 Hrs in Abu Dhabi. He’s also put in time onboard a then-recent GP2 car or truck in 2012, and analyzed the Mercedes championship-profitable F1 auto in 2016. By comparison, a dash race in a Porsche cup auto need to be a stroll in the park!

Porsche Carrera Cup Italy is ordinarily a very potent area of competitors, possessing developed current champions like Alessandro Balzan, Mateo Cairoli, Côme Ledogar, and Alessio Rovera. The 2021 champion, Alberto Cerqui, raced for the incredibly similar Q8 Hi Conduct Staff that Lorenzo will climb aboard in 2022.

The season kicks off at Imola in May well, and will go on to pay a visit to tracks that Lorenzo is quite acquainted with, which include Misano, Mugello, and Monza. There’s no telling but irrespective of whether Lorenzo can parlay his bike achievements into a vocation in tin tops, but we’ll have a significantly improved strategy following the 6 rounds of this championship.