MotoGP: Disaster For Lorenzo at Dutch Grand Prix

Jorge Lorenzo headshot

Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release:

Despite being the fastest rider in the first day of practice today, the Assen TT proved again to be a disaster for the third year running for current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. The Mallorcan had dominated the morning dry session and had shown an impressive pace in the afternoon’s wet practice until a huge high side at the fastest corner of the track. The first diagnosis is a left clavicle fracture which will require surgery. As a result the title challenger will miss Saturday’s Dutch Grand Prix.

Team mate Valentino Rossi's confidence in the improved set up of the YZR-M1 after the recent Spanish test continued today with the Italian nine-time champion showing a competitive pace in both the morning dry session and afternoon wet practice. Rossi was fourth in the morning, 0.6 seconds from first in the dry, then rose to second in the afternoon downpour, just 0.25 seconds from front man Marc Marquez.

Valentino Rossi race action

Valentino Rossi #46

4th | 1'35.958 | 36 Laps

"It's been a positive day for us because in the dry it was not so bad this morning, we continued to work with our new setting and the first impression was positive, although we still have to work to improve. We had something important to try this afternoon in the dry but unfortunately it was wet. Anyway we continued our work in the wet and it was a good practice, we did a good job with our new setting and the bike was also very good in the wet. I improved lap by lap; I had good pace and I was in second position. We have to continue to work in both conditions, everybody knows here in Assen it can be wet or dry. Unfortunately Jorge had a big crash and an injury. It's a great pity for Yamaha, for the Team and for him as he is fighting for the Championship. I hope that he comes back as soon as possible, hopefully for the next race in Sachsenring. I hope to do a good result because I am now the man of the team for Yamaha, for the Factory team and all the guys."

Massimo Meregalli:

“Unfortunately we didn't start the practice in Assen as we wanted. Jorge, after an incredible free practice one, had a crash in the wet in the afternoon and he broke his collarbone. This is a real pity as we were coming from two brilliant results and looking for a third. We have to accept this, it is part of our sport.  We wish him the best to come back as soon as possible and stronger than before. Vale did two good practices, it seems the feeling he was looking for in the front is back. Fortunately we had the opportunity to test in Barcelona and in Aragon to find it. Let’s see tomorrow what we can do. Here it is very difficult to predict the weather forecast but we are ready whatever the circumstances.”

Dr. Xavier Mir - MotoGP Doctor:

“Jorge has a high inertia trauma but results are normal from initial neurological examination. We will move to Assen to make head and chest scans and also an abdominal exploration. Our first diagnosis revealed that there is a left clavicle fracture with a slight shift that will need surgery to repair the bone. This injury is in the background while we rule out any other major injury that may become apparent within 24 hours. These kind of impacts at more than 200 km/h need some time for the body to recover to be able to discard any other major injuries. In principle tomorrow he can travel and within 48 hours he will be operable.”

Combined Free Practice Times:

1.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Yamaha Factory Racing

2.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3

3.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team

4.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Yamaha Factory Racing

5.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team

6.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    Power Electronics Aspar

7.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP

8.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini

9.    Michele Pirro (ITA)    Ignite Pramac Racing

10.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3

11.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team

12.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Ducati Team

13.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing

14.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Blusens

15.    Randy De Puniet (FRA)    Suzuki Test Team

16.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing Team

17.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Came Iodaracing Project

18.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Paul Bird Motorsport

19.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing

20.    Claudio Corti (ITA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing

21.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport

22.    Bryan Staring (AUS)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini

23.    Ivan Silva (SPA)    Avintia Racing

24.    Lukas Pesek (CZE)    Came IodaRacing Project

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