Lorenzo Leaving Retirement for Yamaha

The world of MotoGP was saddened when Jorge Lorenzo announced his retirement at the end of the 2019 Season. However, there are already rumours circulating this professional motorcyclist could be making his return to the sport in 2020. This comes after Lorenzo confirmed that he wouldn’t return to the MotoGP paddock again as his contract with HRC ends on December 31st. However, the five-time world champion could see himself becoming a testing driver for Yamaha in 2020 if the rumours are correct. These rumours also speculate that Lorenzo will take on a TV personality role or assist the rider management team.

This announcement hasn’t shocked long-time fans of MotoGP, who saw Jorge Lorenzo win three world titles with Team Yamaha. He earned more than 44 Grand Prix titles while racing for them between 2008 – 2016. The previous experience gained with team officials makes him the perfect option for a testing driver. These rumours were almost confirmed when Yamaha stated that their interest in a non-Japanese test rider for 2020.

Previous Interests

Team Yamaha have expressed their interest in numerous test drivers, with the majority of them being from Japan. Non-Japanese drivers include Johann Zarco, who would’ve made a formidable choice as well. He is the two-time champion for Moto2, the lower-grade version of MotoGP. However, he denied the role when he selected to continue racing in Moto2 until a full seat is confirmed for MotoGP. The current testing riders that are employed by Team Yamaha include Kohta Nozane and Katsuyuki Nakasuga. Unfortunately, they performed less than expected in Europe and Japan. Subsequently, Jorge Lorenzo would be the logical choice to replace both these individuals.

Lorenzo’s Retirement

Nobody had anticipated this young superstar from retiring, with him being one of the few motorcyclists that can rival Marc Marquez. When this announcement was made, numerous teams paid tribute to the formidable champion. The Head Manager for Team Yamaha expressed his fond memories of Lorenzo, mentioning that nobody has acquired championships for him like Jorge

The potential for Jorge Lorenzo to return with Yamaha in a testing role is growing larger, which would mark the second consecutive year that this MotoGP Team has switched their testing driver. Typically, this is a decision that isn’t usually made, with testing drivers remaining in position for two to three seasons. Fanatics could also see Lorenzo return to the paddock in a TV personality role. He is rumoured to be working with MotoGP for an on-air reporter position. However, there hasn’t been any confirmation regarding these rumours.

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