It seemed that Jorge Lorenzo was about to have a new role in MotoGP after the Spaniard announced his retirement in Valencia during the last weekend of 2019 season but no one could expect that it could happen so fast. But the same Lorenzo, in the last months, said that a new role was expecting him for 2020 season and everyone started thinking about him to become a Test Rider or to see him in the paddocks working as a race analyst.
Who thought that he would have become a Test Rider was right, because Jorge Lorenzo is now officially a new Yamaha Test Rider for 2020 and this is the sign that Iwata’s crew is pushing really hard on improving the bike by engaging one of the best rider of the circus. Both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales evoked new test riders, saying that the Japanese ones were not enough looking to the other teams having guys like Stefan Bradl for Honda or Michele Pirro for Ducati.
Yamaha made so his move and it is surely a big one considering how strong Jorge Lorenzo is and especially how the Spaniard was strong with the Japanese Team who gave him the opportunity to debut in 2008 and where he stayed until 2016 after a fantastic relationship where both had a lot of success, with three MotoGP World Titles and many victories.
Now Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha came back together in a different way, but surely it would be interesting to see how the Spaniard will affect the work of Iwata’s crew and how the development will change from now on. Jorge could even be already on track next week during Sepang’s Test and surely did not lose his pace.
Lin Jarvis confessed that he started thinking about making him an offer when Lorenzo thought about retiring: "When we knew that Jorge would stop his racing career, we considered to make a proposal for him to join us as a test rider. His story with us speak for themselves, he has a lot of experience and he is familiar with the M1"
Jorge as well started thinking about becoming a test rider after his retirement: "I planned to stay involved in MotoGP and returning to the paddock, I think this could be a good role for me. I know the crew and the bike really well, Yamaha suited my riding style, it would be interesting to meet my old bike again. I want to thank Yamaha for the opportunity, allows me to do what I love!"