Recently-retired MotoGP star Jorge Lorenzo has confirmed he will not stay out of the paddock for long and is strongly rumoured to have been offered a test role by Yamaha.
Lorenzo quit his works Honda ride at the end of this season - being replaced by Alex Marquez for 2020 - and then cleared off to Bali.
In an interview on Austrian TV, Lorenzo said: “I’ll be back in the paddock, but I don’t know in which function yet.
“We’re definitely working on it, maybe I can talk about it soon. I’ve travelled so much, 17 years of my life, always been in the same hotels, on the same tracks, in the same places, doing the same thing.
There was a lot of pressure, there were many injuries. And there was always the will to give one’s best, even in training.
“I really always saw myself as a happy person with what I was allowed to do, what I loved and where I was successful.
“But when you then get the opportunity to live a little more freely and calmly, as I can now, then you naturally take advantage of that and enjoy that you have no pressure and see what life brings.”
Yamaha recently off-hired Jonas Folger as European test rider and boss Lin Jarvis said they would stick with the Japanese test team. However, you can bet Rossi and Vinales weren’t happy with that and the opportunity to snatch Lorenzo - who took three titles on the M1 - would be too much to pass up.