Lorenzo wouldn't be "short of offers" for full-time MotoGP return

Lewis Duncan
Autosport
Lorenzo wouldn't be
Lorenzo wouldn't be

Jorge Lorenzo believes he will "not be short of offers" if he were to stage a full-time MotoGP comeback in the future, having retired at the end of the 2019 season.

The three-time MotoGP world champion hung up his leathers at the end of last year following a bruising sole season aboard the factory Honda.

In the winter, Lorenzo signed a deal with Yamaha - with whom he spent nine years and won all of his premier class titles - to become its official test rider, and is scheduled to make a one-off race return at the Catalan Grand Prix in June as a wildcard.

Numerous riders have questioned Lorenzo's decision to contest a wildcard with Yamaha, while some - including KTM's Pol Espargaro and former Honda team-mate Marc Marquez - believe retiring was a means to simply get away from the Honda.

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Commenting on this in an interview with Radio Catalunya while on lockdown in Dubai due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lorenzo said: "I have always said that the first intention was for the decision [to retire] to be final.

"But it can never be said that I will not drink from this water again.

"I was convinced, I had a long and successful career, but I also hurt myself a lot.

"Economically I have been fortunate to be able to save money and I can make the most of life doing other things.

"I feel like enjoying life and doing other things, but I am also lucky to be able to ride a MotoGP bike 16 or 18 days a year [as a test rider] and take the good from this profession and save myself from the bad.

Lorenzo wouldn't be
Lorenzo wouldn't be

"I think I have the perfect job right now."

He added: "There are many opinions and you have to respect what everyone thinks.

"If in this case Pol believes this and says it with respect, I understand it.

"Personally, I think that if I wanted to compete again, I would not be short of offers.

"But right now it is not the case and I am fine as I am."

Lorenzo has so far only ridden the Yamaha for two days, during February's Sepang shakedown and official Sepang test - though only circulated on the 2019-spec M1.

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