MotoGP champion Lorenzo finalist on Spain’s Masked Singer talent show | MotoGP News

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo was a finalist on Spain’s version of the celebrity talent show the Masked Singer.

Lorenzo contested the show dressed as a giant raven, sailing through the early rounds with renditions of J Balvin’s ‘Morado’ and the Dire Straits hit ‘Walk of Life’.

The former Yamaha, Ducati and Honda MotoGP rider made it into the final of the series, but was knocked out in fourth spot, where he then took off his mask to reveal his identity.

Before departing the show, Lorenzo branded it “a unique and unforgettable experience”.

Lorenzo made his MotoGP debut in 2008 with Yamaha, where he would spend the next nine years and win all three of his premier-class crowns.

A move to Ducati in 2017 produced his first winless season in MotoGP, but he would score three victories in 2018 – though they would come too late to save his seat at the Italian marque.

An ill-fated switch to Honda in 2019, in which Lorenzo was plagued by injury and failed to score a top-10 result, ended with him announcing his retirement from racing at the end of the season.

In the winter of 2019, Lorenzo re-signed for Yamaha as its official test rider, though the relationship never really got off the ground.

Lorenzo only rode the 2019 M1 on four days in 2020 at the Sepang test in February and the Algarve shakedown in Portugal in October, ending the latter four seconds off the leading pace.

Yamaha’s test programme was massively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with travel restrictions stopping the Japan-based test team from carrying out its plans in Europe with Lorenzo.

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis said last month he believes Lorenzo would have made an “excellent” test rider for the marque had his plans not been affected by COVID-19.

Nevertheless, Yamaha opted to drop Lorenzo in favour of three-time MotoGP race winner Cal Crutchlow, who last rode for the manufacturer at Tech3 in 2013 and who stood down from full-time competition at the end of the 2020 season.

This move drew criticism from Lorenzo, whose plans for 2021 remain unknown, as the links to an Aprilia test rider role appear to have gone cold after the Italian factory confirmed it had retained Bradley Smith and Lorenzo Savadori.


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