March 5, 2020 / 4:43 PM / a month ago

Lorenzo handed Yamaha MotoGP wildcard for home Catalan GP

FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - Valencia Grand Prix - Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Valencia, Spain - November 17, 2019 Repsol Honda's Jorge Lorenzo in action during the race REUTERS/Heino Kalis

(Reuters) - Retired triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will return to racing as a wildcard at his home Catalan Grand Prix in June, Yamaha and the rider said on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Spaniard retired last year after struggling alongside six-times world champion Marc Marquez in an injury-plagued season at Honda.

Lorenzo, who signed as a Yamaha factory test rider in January, announced the news on social media.

“Back in the saddle again,” Yamaha said in a tweet confirming the return.

Yamaha have Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Italian great Valentino Rossi, a nine-times world champion across all categories, as their main riders this season.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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