Yamaha or Aprilia? Jorge Lorenzo's future, as a test rider, passes through these two options. On the one hand, continuing with the manufacturer with which he won his 3 MotoGP World Championships, and on the other embarking on a new, young and fascinating project.
The Majorcan, interviewed by AS, confirmed the possibility of moving to the Noale manufacturer: “it's my other option”.
What would Jorge prefer to do though?
"In any case, the current team always has priority - he explained - I know all the people, Yamaha was the only manufacturer with whom I was world champion and the M1 has always been a natural bike for me. I spoke to Lin Jarvis and he told me that he will soon have news from Japan ”.
However, Aprilia also interests Lorenzo. His great friend Max Biaggi is the company's ambassador, the Spaniard also made his debut in 125 with Derbi (which was part of the group) and in 250 he won two championships on the Italian bike.
“It would be nice to close the circle with them - he commented recalling his past - It would be more difficult, because the M1 is a more natural bike for me, but if I could make it improve it would be a greater merit for me, as in the case of Pedrosa with KTM. I also think I could help Iannone if they allow him to race next year. We both live in Lugano, I could be his coach ”.
Furthermore, Aprilia, benefiting from the concessions, would have 6 wild-cards available during the season.
“I'd like to leave a door open - confirmed Lorenzo - If I were competitive and wanted to, it would be nice to have this chance. Whether it happens or not is another matter".
Lorenzo also explained the reasons for his poor performance in the Portimao tests.
“Without Covid it would have been a very profitable year, but with what happened they couldn't use me – declared Jorge – It’s as if a football team had Messi or Ronaldo and didn't make the most of them. I only did two days of testing in Sepang and it was because I insisted, it wasn't planned. In June they told me from Yamaha that there would be no more tests this year, I lowered my pace of training and then suddenly Meregalli told me that there would be tests in Portimao. I started training as best I could, but there wasn't much time. Above all, I hadn't ridden a MotoGP for eight months, you lose the pace, your reflexes, reaction times become slower, you need a few days to get used to it, whether your name is Lorenzo, Rossi or Marquez. If you add to this the fact that going to a difficult and strange circuit like Portimao, with a team put together at the last minute, plus an old bike, then it is difficult to be competitive at all ”.
Lorenzo's thought is that, if Yamaha didn't renew with him, it would be the one to lose out...
"I sincerely believe that it will be impossible for them to find a rider who adapts so naturally to what Yamaha requires and has the same sensitivity to find the right direction in the evolution of each component," he concluded.