ASSEN, Netherlands – MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo will miss Saturday’s Iveco TT Assen at TT Circuit Assen because of a broken left collarbone.
The Yamaha Factory Racing rider picked up the injury after suffering a high-speed crash in Thursday afternoon practice.
Surprised by standing water, Lorenzo was launched over the front end of his bike before landing heavily on his left shoulder. The accident occurred at the rapid Hoge Heide right-hander which leads towards Ramshoek and the Geert Timmer chicane at the end of the legendary Assen lap.
Lorenzo was transported to the circuit Medical Center by ambulance and given painkillers before his broken collarbone was confirmed. He will now spend 12 hours under observation at Assen hospital, where a CT scan will be carried out, before returning to Barcelona for surgery on Friday.
Lorenzo was coming off of two-straight MotoGP victories in the Italian and Catalan Grands Prix and is second in the Riders’ Championship, just seven points behind leader Dani Pedrosa.
Lorenzo was the overall pace-setter during the pair of practice sessions Thursday before his crash. Lorenzo registered a best lap time of 1:53.263 in the morning period.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez were second and third fastest in the opening session.
Marquez topped the second practice session, but was a full 14 seconds off Lorenzo’s time in the first practice because of wet conditions.