Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has broken his left collarbone in the second free practice session at the legendary circuit of Assen this afternoon, and has been ruled out of the race on Saturday.
|Lorenzo is out of Saturday’s race…
The Yamaha Factory rider had finished FP1 in first position at a damp Netherlands circuit, and was feeling confident ahead of the race on Saturday, at a favourite circuit of his. In a wet FP2, Lorenzo was caught out by standing water and flew off his YZR-M1 at over 200 kmh at turn 13, two corners before the final chicane ending the lap. The Spaniard was sent to the medical centre and will be under observation at a hospital in Assen before being flown to Barcelona tomorrow morning. It has been confirmed he has two breaks in his collarbone; the same collarbone he broke in a off-season crash in 2005.
Dr. Xavier Mir, Lorenzo’s surgeon has said “Jorge has suffered an accident at over 200 kilometres an hour and the obvious injury at this point is a broken left clavicle. However, as this was a significant accident, we have to take into account that there could also be head, thoracic or abdominal injuries. For now, we have taken him to hospital in Assen where CT scans will be carried out in those three areas to rule out any further injuries. It would also be a prudent move to observe him over 12 hours to make sure he can be treated by the appropriate parties when he arrives in Barcelona tomorrow”.
This evening, YamahaMotoGP has released this comment from Lorenzo regarding the incident: “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 aquaplaned 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.”