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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 02:44
Jorge Lorenzo returns to MotoGP. Just two months after announcing his retirement from motorcycles, the five-time world champion has decided to return to lead the Yamaha test team. The Iwata brand thus completes a very busy week in which it has already defined its entire structure for the future.
Lorenzo will also have in his hand the possibility of running a World Cup race. Yamaha recalls in their statements that they usually do not make wild cards, but that They leave Lorenzo at the disposal of being able to run a race (they have three attempts) if he feels like it to run again.
The addition of Lorenzo closes the fantastic week of Yamaha
So at last Yamaha gets the leading rider they were looking for to complete their test team. On the one hand, Johann Zarco escaped them at the last minute, when he made the leap to Honda's LCR and then to Ducati's Avintia, and on the other they let Jonas Folger go precisely because they believed they would take Zarco.
It will be interesting to see Lorenzo on a Yamaha again and see really what level he is at. Remember that The M1 is a priori the easiest motorcycle to ride, and more so for a Lorenzo who knows it by heart, despite having not piloted it for more than three years. It will be interesting to observe the times that the Spaniard can do.
Lorenzo is an institution within Yamaha. The Spaniard won three MotoGP world titles with the brand of tuning forks in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Then he went to Ducati and there began his decline, despite the fact that part of the 2018 season seemed to regain his level. Injuries ended his career at Honda.
"I am very happy to join the Yamaha test team. I always planned to stay involved in MotoGP and return to the paddock, and I think this is the right role for me. I know the team and the M1 well. The Yamaha really suited my riding style, and it will be very interesting to get back together with my old bike, "explains Lorenzo.
Yamaha for its part thus closes its fantastic week in which it has already resolved its future. Two days ago he announced the renewal of Maverick Viñales until 2022, and yesterday they announced the promotion of Fabio Quartararo also until the same season. Jorge Lorenzo will complete the Yamaha team in this season which will be Valentino Rossi's last at the factory.
For his part, Lin Jarvis, Yamaha's sporting director, comments in a comment note that " we are delighted to welcome Jorge to Yamaha. When we learned that Jorge would stop his active racing career, we immediately began to consider making a proposal for him to join us."
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