Yamaha has officially confirmed that retired five-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo will race as a wild-card at this year's Catalunya MotoGP.

It will be the Spaniard's first race on an M1 since his victorious Yamaha farewell at Valencia in 2016, after which he spent two years at Ducati and then a nightmare injury-interrupted season at Repsol Honda.

After retiring as a full-time rider at Valencia last November, halfway through his planned HRC contract, Lorenzo returned to MotoGP action in his new role as a Yamaha test rider at Sepang in February.

But the 47-time MotoGP race winner will now join fellow M1 riders Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales, Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli on the grid in Barcelona on June 5-7.

The Catalunya wild-card had been heavily rumoured, with Yamaha Racing director Lin Jarvis previously stating it would make sense for Lorenzo to do a race at a track where there would also be a Monday test...

A revised 2020 MotoGP calendar, following the cancellation of Qatar and postponement of Thailand, has been released today:

Latest 2020 MotoGP Calendar

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

8 March

Qatar* (no MotoGP class)

Losail International Circuit

2

5 April

Americas

Circuit of the Americas

3

19 April

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

4

3 May

Jerez

Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto

5

17 May

France

Le Mans

6

31 May

Italy

Mugello

7

7 June

Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya

8

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

9

28 June

Netherlands

TT Circuit Assen

10

12 July

Finland**

KymiRing

11

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

12

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring - Spielberg

13

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

14

13 September

San Marino

Misano

15

27 September

Aragon

MotorLand Aragon

16

4 October

Thailand

Chang International Circuit

17

18 October

Japan

Motegi

18

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

19

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

20

15 November

Valencia

Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo

*Evening race.

**Subject to circuit homologation

 

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