Lorenzo open to Rossi partnership
Jorge Lorenzo insists he would welcome the opportunity to have Valentino Rossi as a team-mate next season.
A seat at Lorenzo's Yamaha works team has opened up after Ben Spies announced earlier in the week that he would be leaving the Japanese outfit at the end of the current season.
The American's departure has sent the rumour mill into overdrive, with his seat one of the most coveted in the MotoGP series.
Speaking at a promotional event in the USA, Lorenzo revealed that he's disappointed to see Spies leave and hoped he would be replaced by a rider that is highly competitive, with Rossi certainly fitting the bill.
"It's sad news to hear that Ben is not continuing. For Yamaha it's really sad, because he has been a Yamaha rider for a long time. I think he has great potential, and I wish him good luck in the future. Now we have to see what is going to happen with the second rider in Yamaha," said the Spaniard.
"I hear some rumours. And some rumours say that Valentino is going to come back. It could be a good thing for Yamaha. We have been a good couple in the past years, but it hasn't been decided yet. My preference is to have a competitive rival in the team," he added.
Rossi has already enjoyed one stint with Yamaha between 2004 and 2010, a period in which won four MotoGP World Championships.