Triple World champion Jorge Lorenzo will ride for Ducati starting next season after agreeing a two-year deal with the Italian manufacturer it was announced on Monday.
The 28-year-old Spaniard has been with Yamaha since 2008 but his relationship with team-mate and nine times world champion Valentino Rossi has soured in recent years leading to speculation of a Lorenzo exit.
Lorenzo won all three of his world titles for the Japanese manufacturer and notched up 41 race wins.
According to reports in Italy, the reigning world champion is now set to become the highest paid rider on the grid with his deal worth 25 million euros for the two seasons.
Ducati last won the championship with Casey Stoner in 2007 but have failed to win a race since the Australian left in 2010.
Lorenzo’s arrival spells the end of the road at Ducati for either Andrea Dovizioso or fellow Italian Andrea Iannone while Suzuki’s Spanish rider Maverick Vinales is seen as a frontrunner to replace Lorenzo at Yamaha.