That same day Lorenzo was transferred to Barcelona to be operated on. Then, less than 48 hours after the accident, it was announced on the day of the race that he was returning to Assen to take part in the GP. With a newly plated collarbone, Lorenzo starred in one of those historic motorcycling moments. The quick time he set in FP1 allowed him to pass directly to Q2, so without having participated in any other practice sessions, he started the race from 12th position. In a race that showed immense heart, Lorenzo finished in an incredible fifth place. It was surely heroic, but the weekend would eventually take its toll after some time.