Jorge Lorenzo retired from racing at the end of 2019 after a tough year in the Factory Honda Team, where he struggled a lot and suffered big injuries. The feeling with HRC seemed dramatic since the beginning of the journey and the 5-Time World Champion came to a final conclusion in Valencia: retiring from competition.
Anyway, the Spaniard did not stop himself for too long, because Yamaha made an immediate offer to him to become test rider and Jorge accepted it and made his appearance in Malaysia for Sepang’s tests. Lorenzo could give a lot of useful data and information to the whole crew, making Maverick Vinales, Franco Morbidelli, Fabio Quartararo and Valentino Rossi happy.
Probably Valentino Rossi himself was one of the happiest guy when he knew that Jorge Lorenzo would become Yamaha test rider, as long as the Italian asked many times to have a good tester and that it was necessary to have a rider to test their bike to improve the speed.
In these days, Jorge Lorenzo is speaking during his quarantine about Yamaha, his future and the possibility to have a wild card during the season. It was planned a race for the Spaniard during Catalan GP, but the postponement changed plans and it is not sure that we could see Lorenzo back on track this year.
Jorge talked so about his former teammate, Valentino Rossi, having sweet words for him: “He can win his 10th Title, why not? He is lucky to have a lot of knowledge on Yamaha, it is not a really stressful bike for the body. You have to precise and you can save a lot of energy”.
With a shortened MotoGP calendar, everything seems to be possible, even if the 9-Time World Champion is missing victory from Assen 2017, but this does not change Jorge Lorenzo’s idea: “He has the better bike to try to win the Title. Last year Quartararo and Vinales were faster than him, but the situation could change anytime. Maybe the new tires or the new bike will give an advantage to Valentino who could come back winning races. If Vale will win again, it is going to be a real strong contender for the title”.