Oh, oh, I heard a rumor. They say you got a broken heart. I heard a rumor. –Bananarama
Rumors of Jorge Lorenzo joining the Suzuki MotoGP team are now large and in charge. Both Ducati and Lorenzo suggest that they are working on a new deal for the former world champ to stay on the red bikes but the issue is Lorenzo’s paycheck. Ducati doesn’t want to pay Lorenzo the top level wage he is currently getting. And undoubtedly Suzuki will be unable to pay Lorenzo his current wage simply because they probably don’t have it. Basically what it comes down to for 2019 is that Suzuki can pay Lorenzo his current salary or they could use the same amount of money to run a (small) second satellite team in MotoGP.
George Lorenzo is one of the top MotoGP riders and in the past he has been capable of commanding a salary well over ten million euros per season.
Before the pity party starts with mass wailing about Lorenzo having to survive on something less than ten million dollars a year in salary, consider this: Lorenzo, (like Crutchlow) is one of the highly compensated athletes by Monster Energy. It’s believed that their Monster sponsorship deals are approved directly by Monster CEO and MotoGP fan Rodney Sacks.
About ten or fifteen normal middle class families could easily live on what Monster is paying Lorenzo. Or more.
In effect Lorenzo could ride the Suzuki for $1 and still make millions in personal sponsorship.