Disaster struck the Yamaha Factory Racing team today, after Jorge Lorenzo crashed during the second free MotoGP practice session at Sachsenring. It has been announced that the reigning world champion will not participate in the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland this weekend. Instead, Lorenzo is returning to Barcelona, a team press release said, to undergo another surgery tomorrow.
The weekend started out as usual. There seemed to be no sign of the Assen injury with Lorenzo showing top form as he posted the fastest time during the first session. The second session continued to show promise as Lorenzo headed straight to the top of the time sheets after posting a 1’22.047-second lap. Then, 10 minutes into the session, Lorenzo suffered a high-side crash, falling heavily on his injured shoulder and damaging the plate that was inserted two weeks ago.
Dr Enric Cáceres, member of the Immediate Intervention Dexeus to MotoGP said in a Yamaha press release, “The diagnosis after the fall is that the osteosynthesis material is bent in the middle. The screws of the proximal and distal have endured, but Jorge will need a new intervention to re-attach the clavicle, because the plate has been curved slightly.”
Lorenzo said in a team press release, “I have decided to go to Barcelona and recover after today’s crash at Sachsenring. I prefer to focus on surgery to fix the plate that was unfortunately bent during the crash. I will try to recover and be back as soon as possible.”
Team director Massimo Meregalli added: “Following from such a strong performance in Assen, this is not how we wanted to start the Sachsenring weekend. Unfortunately Jorge has further complicated the injury to his shoulder in this afternoon’s crash, so will need to return home for surgery tomorrow. We are very sorry to see him leave us, however he has his full team support and we know he will come back fighting as soon as it is physically possible.”
The news is perhaps disappointing for Lorenzo fans who were probably waiting for a return – the sort we witnessed in Assen. Lorenzo suffered a crash during the Dutch TT practice session two weeks ago, only to undergo a surgery in Barcelona and return to the circuit in time for the race. He started at 12th position and ended the race in a phenomenal, stunning 5th place.
Here is wishing Jorge Lorenzo, MotoGP’s man of steel, a speedy recovery and a phenomenal return once again!