MotoGP: Round #8 - Yamaha Sachsenring Free Practice Report

Jorge Lorenzo race action from Sachsenring

Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release:

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo will not continue to participate in this weekend's Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland following a high speed crash this afternoon in the second of the day's free practice sessions. Reigning World Champion Lorenzo had been the fastest rider of the morning session, despite still recovering from surgery just two weeks ago on a collarbone injury sustained in practice for the Assen TT.

The afternoon session had started well with the Mallorcan flying straight into the top of the time sheets with a 1’22.047 second lap. The success was to be short-lived however as less than ten minutes in Lorenzo suffered a huge high-side crash, falling heavily onto the injured shoulder. He was taken immediately to the medical centre for x-rays where it was revealed he had damaged the plate inserted in surgery just two weeks ago. As a result the decision has been made to withdraw from this weekend’s Grand Prix. Lorenzo will fly home to Barcelona this evening and will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair any damage.

Teammate Valentino Rossi carried his confidence from his race win in Assen two weeks ago to the morning session and was quickly up to pace and a serious contender in the top group of riders, wrapping in third just 0.194 seconds from Lorenzo in first. The afternoon saw a more complex session for the Italian as the team worked through a number of different settings and tire choices to get the best out of the YZR-M1 as the track temperature increased. Rossi completed the first day in fourth position in the combined times just 0.2 of a second from the front.

Jorge Lorenzo paddock shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99

2nd / 1'22.047 / 22 laps

“I have decided to go home 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."

Valentino Rossi race action shot from Sachsenring

Valentino Rossi # 46:

4th / 1'22.241 / 38 laps

“At the end it's a positive day for us, the practices were not so bad. Our pace and lap time was good and we are not so far from the front. This afternoon we had some difficulties when we tried some different things on the bike, the harder front tyre and some different settings. It looks like when the track has more temperature it gives us more problems, especially after some laps, so to ride the bike at the limit is more difficult. We have to work on the setting to improve our pace to stay with the front. Anyway we are not so far. Five or six riders have good pace so it will be interesting tomorrow.”

Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager:

“Second practice here in Sachsenring has gone wrong like in Assen. This morning fastest and this afternoon a fast crash on maybe the second or third lap. Again he has hit the left shoulder and the plate has been bent. It’s obviously very painful so we need to consider and step by step decide what the plan is for the coming days.”

Massimo Meregalli - Team Director:

“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. It was good to see Vale start today with the same promise and pace we saw in Assen. We have some issues to work through to find the best set up to cope with warmer temperatures at the track but we are confident he will be a key protagonist on Sunday.”

Doctor Enric Cáceres  - Member of the Immediate Intervention Dexeus to MotoGP:

“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.”

Combined Free Practice Times:

1.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP

2.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Yamaha Factory Racing

3.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team

4.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Yamaha Factory Racing

5.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team

6.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3

7.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Ducati Team

8.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    Power Electronics Aspar

9.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1

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

11.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing Team

12.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3

13.    Randy De Puniet (FRA)    Power Electronics Aspar

14.    Michele Pirro (ITA)    Ignite Pramac Racing

15.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Paul Bird Motorsport

16.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Blusens

17.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport

18.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Came Iodaracing Project

19.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing

20.    Claudio Corti (ITA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing

21.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Avintia Blusens

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

23.    Lukas Pesek (CZE)    Came IodaRacing Project

24.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing

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