Jorge Lorenzo Crashes Out Of German Grand Prix!

Yamaha MotoGP rider re-injures collarbone in violent practice crash.

Yamaha Racing

Jorge Lorenzo crashed while leading afternoon practice for this weekend's German Grand Prix, falling heavily on his injured left shoulder. According to a Yamaha press release, an X-ray revealed the reigning MotoGP world champion bent the titanium plate that had been surgically inserted two weeks ago to repair the collarbone broken while practicing for the Dutch TT. Within hours of today's crash, Lorenzo flew to Barcelona, Spain, where he will undergo surgery to fix the most recent damage.

Lorenzo had posted the quickest lap time in morning practice around the mostly left-hand, 2.281-mile Sachsenring circuit and was at the top of the order when he crashed just five minutes into the 45-minute session. Lorenzo’s speed entering Turn 10 was estimated to be 130 mph. Practice was briefly stopped to remove Lorenzo’s factory YZR-M1 from the middle of the track.

During Thursday’s pre-event press conference, Lorenzo said his overnight comeback and ironman fifth-place finish at Assen should not be used as an example for other injured riders. “You have to take your body as a feeling, no? If you feel great to race, if you feel mentally strong, you can race.”

Lorenzo and Crutchlow's Epic Crashes in MOTOGP

"Jorge has now set a bar," said Yamaha Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow. "If someone is injured, we can now go to the medical office and say, 'Well, Jorge rode with a broken bone.' Now, in any championship, they will use this as an example. This is the gray area."

Will Lorenzo be fit for the U.S. Grand Prix next weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca? “ obviously very painful,” said Yamaha Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg, “so we need to consider and step-by-step decide what the plan is for the coming days.”

“For sure, he is not going to come back here,” said Team Director Massimo Merregali. “He will inform us Sunday morning if he will be back in Laguna. At this moment, it doesn’t look like . He took a risk in Assen, and I think that was a good risk. But now he says I prefer to probably be back in Indy.”

"I will try to recover and be back as soon as possible," said Lorenzo, who is currently second in the championship, 9 points behind Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa.

Stefan Bradl race action shot

Lorenzo was one of several crashers during Friday practice. Crutchlow fell twice, with factory Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden each hitting the deck once. During FP1, Hayden narrowly avoided falling in the same corner that later claimed Lorenzo, instead riding his bucking GP13 into the grass at the edge of the track. Dovizioso wasn't as fortunate; the Italian destroyed his updated chassis in Turn 11. Pramac Ducati rider Andrea Iannone crashed in the same corner, breaking his bike into two pieces.

“It’s tough here,” said Dovizioso, “as this track is always strange. You have to be really smooth, and the bike needs to be able to change direction easily, which is difficult for us.”

Former Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl set the quickest lap of the day, a 1:22.030. Despite missing the majority of the session, Lorenzo had the second-best time, with Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez completing the top five.

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Jorge Lorenzo

Stefan Bradl

Dani Pedrosa

Marc Marquez

Valentino Rossi

Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Iannone