HOHENSTEIN-ERNSTTHAL, Germany – Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo will not continue to participate in this weekend’s MotoGP 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.
“I have decided to go home and recover after today’s crash at Sachsenring,” Lorenzo said. “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.”