Multiple World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has been confirmed as Yamaha’s MotoGP test rider for the 2020 season.
Starting from the MotoGP shakedown test, held in Sepang from 2-4 February, Lorenzo will ride the YZR-M1. He will also take part in other Official IRTA Tests and some private Yamaha tests this year, with the sole aim to help Yamaha’s engineers with the 2020 MotoGP development.
The Spaniard is the perfect man for the job as he is known for his smooth, precise riding and clear feedback. He will be supported in his search for innovation by Valentino Rossi’s former crew chief Silvano Galbusera.
“I’m very happy with the decision to join the Yamaha Factory Test Team. I was always planning on staying involved in MotoGP and returning to the paddock, and I think this is a suitable role for me,” said Lorenzo.
I know the team and the M1 well. The Yamaha really suited my riding style, and it will be very interesting to‘meet up with my old bike again.
“Returning to Yamaha brings with it some good memories. We secured many podiums and victories, and three titles together, so we know where our strengths lie.
“I want to thank Yamaha for this opportunity, because this allows me to do what I love – riding motorbikes and pushing the limit – while enjoying a slightly calmer lifestyle than I did in previous years.
“I’m very motivated to get to work and can’t wait to start riding. I want to do my best for Yamaha’s future, and I hope my riding experience will be helpful to Yamaha’s engineers and riders to bring the title back to Yamaha.”