MotoGP: Lorenzo Heads to Barcelona for Surgery

Jorge Lorenzo race action

Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release:

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo will travel to Barcelona this evening by a chartered private jet following this afternoon's crash during free practice for the Assen TT.

Lorenzo suffered a left clavicle fracture after falling at over 200kph on the fastest corner of the track.

A further medical update will be issued in due course.

Jorge Lorenzo after the crash at TT Circuit Assen

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“I think I was too confident, at the moment of the crash I was very fast and felt very strong, but maybe the conditions weren’t the perfect ones to have this high confidence. I entered the corner faster than the previous lap and I think touched a patch of water, or maybe hydoplaned which made the rear wheel light and touch onto the white line, making it a lot worse which is why I crashed. I flew and when I hit the ground I broke my collarbone. I don't have anything negative with this circuit, just bad luck or in this case, too much confidence. You must always be optimistic, things could be worse and I will try to recover as soon as possible.”

Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager:

"Today is obviously not the way we wanted to start the Assen TT. Fortunately Jorge was able to walk away from what was a very high speed crash, although unfortunately he will require surgery as a result. Jorge has made the decision to fly to Barcelona for the necessary surgery, we are confident that his recovery will be quick and he will be back as soon as possible."

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