Jorge Lorenzo targets Mercedes F1 test in 2016

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Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo wants to test a Mercedes Formula One car at some stage in 2016, according to

Along with his Yamaha team, the Spaniard is said to be interested in the possibility, with Monster Energy's ties at both Mercedes and Yamaha an integral factor to any potential outing.

"We are looking for options, it would be a good way to do something together with Monster," a Yamaha source said. "Jorge would love to test a Formula One car, but we don't know yet if he will because he is conditioned by certain aspects."

Lorenzo currently sits second to Marc Marquez in the 2016 riders' standings as he battles to secure a fourth MotoGP world title, before switching to Ducati for 2017.

His ongoing MotoGP championship fight could prove to be an obstacle -- with Yamaha unlikely to be willing to allow him to drive for safety or calendar related reasons -- but the report says that Lorenzo is determined to get the opportunity to drive Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's car.

If the triple world champion were allowed to take part in any test with the two-time constructors' champions, he would follow in the footsteps of fellow rider Valentino Rossi, who tested a Ferrari F1 car in 2004 and 2008.