Lorenzo will race for Yamaha at Barcelona

by Matt Beer
1 min read

Jorge Lorenzo will return to MotoGP action at the Catalan Grand Prix, making his first wildcard appearance for Yamaha in his new role as a test rider for the manufacturer.

Chances of a wildcard ride have been speculated about since Lorenzo announced his return to Yamaha in a test rider capacity for this year following his retirement at the end of 2019.

Speaking briefly in a video on his social media profile on Thursday afternoon, Lorenzo said: “After some weeks thinking about it, yesterday I decided I’m going to participate in the Catalan Grand Prix. I’m really looking forward to it and I hope to see you there.”

Lorenzo already hinted at the potential for a wildcard appearance when he spoke exclusively to The Race last month.

He said at the time that it depended on his form after testing the YZR-M1 at Sepang in February.

“It’ll depend a lot on my feeling with the bike,” he said.

“Because if I’m quite competitive and if I have the pace to finish a race [competitively] then maybe. It’s not the same thing to be fast and to have race pace.”

Lorenzo will be hoping for a better outcome this year than in the 2019 Barcelona event, when he crashed his Honda and took Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso out of the race.

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