Jorge Lorenzo intends to compete in the Assen TT less than 48 hours after undergoing surgery to repair his left collarbone, broken in a high-speed crash on Thursday. The reigning MotoGP world champion had dominated morning practice and was quick in the wet afternoon session before falling spectacularly at the fastest corner of the 2.822-mile Dutch track.
“Jorge sustained a displaced, complex fracture to the third medial of the left collarbone,” said Dr. Michele Zasa, who assisted with the surgery, performed at the Hospital General de Catalunya. “We inserted a titanium plate and eight screws to secure the fragments of the collarbone.” Lorenzo will be required to pass a series of physical tests before he is allowed to participate in the morning warm-up or the race.
Lorenzo breaks collarbone in heavy Assen crash
News of Lorenzo’s desire to compete in Saturday’s race overshadowed fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow’s first premier-class pole position. “If Jorge rides, he’s my hero,” said the Brit, who will be joined on the front row by the Hondas of Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl. “If there’s a chance to race, you always race.
“Obviously, it’s a great achievement to take a pole position. I’m very pleased for my team—we’ve worked hard for this—but in my own head, until Jorge is here, it’s not a real pole.
“I fear what this will do to Jorge. He’s already smooth. When I broke my collarbone, it turned me into a smoother rider. So, if he goes even smoother, maybe he goes even faster. If he’s able to ride, I believe he’ll be top five, maybe even on the podium.”