|The practice session of the MotoGP Round 7 at Assen saw a drastic development with Reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo sustaining an injury from a uncharacteristic crash in the second half of the session (free practice 2). It was the third time Lorenzo had suffered a crash at the Dutch circuit.|
Despite being the fastest rider in the first part of practice, Lorenzo couldn’t hold on to his M1 at the fastest corner of the Assen TT during the afternoon session and lost control of his bike in a high side crash. The champ though managed to escape a major disaster, sustaining a left clavicle fracture which ruled him out of Saturday’s main event, the MotoGP Dutch TT Round 7.
Lorenzo was immediately flown to the Hospital General de Catalunya for checks and surgery. ” 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,” Lorenzo described the accident. “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.”
Following the latest medical report by Yamaha, Lorenzo went through a successful operation which was performed by a Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez. The detailed medical report stated: Lorenzo sustained a displaced, complex fracture to the third medial of the left collarbone. After the successful operation, the surgeons inserted a titanium plate and eight screws to secure the fragments of the collarbone.
Soonafter, Lorenzo had woken from anesthesia, and the medical staff will continue to monitor his post-surgery rehabilitation progress.
Yamaha MotoGP’s Assen TT hopes now rest on the ‘Doctor’ Valentino Rossi’s shoulders. Rossi excelled at the Assen TT practice sessions, improving from fourth place to second overall behind Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez. “It’s been a positive day for us because in the dry it was not so bad in the first part, we continued to work with our new setting and the first impression was positive, although we still have to work to improve. I improved lap by lap; I had good pace and I was in second position. We have to continue to work in both conditions, everybody knows here in Assen it can be wet or dry.,” Rossi reiterated. “I hope that my team mate comes back as soon as possible, hopefully for the next race in Sachsenring. I hope to do a good result because I am now the man of the team for Yamaha.”