Yamaha MotoGP riders question lack of Lorenzo testing

Fabio Quartararo and Valentino Rossi have questioned why Yamaha test rider Jorge Lorenzo hasn't ridden the YZR-M1 since February's Sepang test

Yamaha MotoGP riders question lack of Lorenzo testing

After announcing his retirement from MotoGP at the end of his miserable single season with Honda last year, three-time world champion Lorenzo was swooped up by Yamaha to return to its fold as test rider.

Lorenzo tested the 2019 M1 during the Sepang test back in February and was due to contest a wildcard at the Catalan Grand Prix before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, while the likes of KTM's Dani Pedrosa and Ducati's Michele Pirro have carried out several tests in recent months, Yamaha has not done so with Lorenzo.

With several of the manufacturers testing Misano's new track surface ahead of the season resuming in July, Yamaha comes into this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix lacking data of the new asphalt.

Championship leader Quartararo questioned this, saying: "Honestly, I don't know, but it's true that we don't understand [why Lorenzo hasn't done any testing].

"We know in the past the capacity of Jorge with the Yamaha and I don't know why he's not riding.

"He did 20 laps in Sepang and that's it.

"So, for a test rider, when we see all the riders in June [at Misano] and we don't see the Yamaha there - I won't say it is a disadvantage, but [it would have been] good to have some comments on our bike with new asphalt."

Rossi was similarly perplexed by this, especially as Lorenzo is "one of the best riders in history on the M1".

"I have exactly the same question for Yamaha because I was very happy when I understand that Jorge is our test rider because he's one of the best riders in history on the M1," Rossi said.

"I think that he can help us a lot. And also we see what Pedrosa did to KTM in one year.

"I think he give to them a lot of good advice. But also, Yamaha have to trust in the programme, and sincerely I don't know.

"Sometimes in Yamaha things happen that are difficult to explain. You have to speak with them.

"But, for sure, from tomorrow we will have to start from zero with the new asphalt and try to understand a lot of things that other teams like KTM and also Ducati already done in the last test."

shares
comments
Riders react to Martin's "unlucky" COVID-19 diagnosis
Previous article

Riders react to Martin's "unlucky" COVID-19 diagnosis

Next article

"Jealous" Rossi says Mugello circuit is "incredible" in F1 car

"Jealous" Rossi says Mugello circuit is "incredible" in F1 car
Load comments
Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve Plus

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve

Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve

MotoGP
Jan 17, 2022
The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022 Plus

The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022

OPINION: MotoGP will get its own Drive to Survive-style series in 2022, airing on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a much-needed grab at the mainstream for MotoGP, but a paradigm shift in the series highlighted by one of its leading stars must be embraced and not overshadowed by a desire to replicate DTS’s popcorn drama

MotoGP
Jan 10, 2022
Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP Plus

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP

Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars

MotoGP
Jan 4, 2022
How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Plus

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

MotoGP
Jan 3, 2022
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021

Eight different riders won races across an ultra-competitive 2021 MotoGP season. Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and the world championship's returning king. Autosport picks out the year's 10 best riders

MotoGP
Dec 23, 2021
How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Plus

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

MotoGP
Dec 7, 2021
The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Plus

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

MotoGP
Dec 4, 2021
Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Plus

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Autosport’s pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

MotoGP
Dec 3, 2021