Jorge Lorenzo decided to retire from MotoGP on November 14, 2019, at the age of 32 years. This was done after recording the worst results throughout his career in which only won 28 points and stranded in 19th position at the end of the standings.
Furthermore, Lorenzo was hired as a test rider for Yamaha starting in January. Then, in March, it was announced the Spaniard would get at least one appearance as a wildcard in MotoGP 2020 which is currently still pending due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Now, after almost seven months of not racing, Lorenzo decided to appear again. However, not in the actual trajectory, but cyberspace. The former Honda mainstay will make his debut at Esport MotoGP this weekend at Silverstone.
In the virtual British Grand Prix which only followed eight riders on Sunday (31/5), Lorenzo became one of the two representatives of Yamaha. While Petronas is still represented by Fabio Quartararo who won the pole position three times from the last four races.
They will later compete with Suzuki’s hero, Joan Mir. While Honda appointed Takaaki Nakagami from the LCR Idemitsu division and Alex Marquez from the manufacturer’s team. However, Marc Marquez will be absent for the first time.
Ducati was represented by official test driver Michele Pirro, Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac) who won the virtual Austrian GP last month, and Tito Rabat (Avintia).