Breaking News: Jorge Lorenzo Races in Assen with Broken Collarbone
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Crashing earlier this week in FP2 at about 223 km/h (148 mph), Lorenzo suffered a left collarbone fracture and was flown to Barcelona for the surgery. The hospital in Assen was dealing with some life-threatening operations so the team decided to send the Cobra to Spain.
Operated between 2am and 4am early Friday, Lorenzo was back in Assen during the afternoon. Despite the initial pain he felt in the first laps, Lorenzo declared he will race, as he things he can manage adapting his riding stance to the new conditions.
"Well, finally we are here, to race. In the first laps of the warm up I felt a lot of pain, especially when the bike accelerated and I had to hold it strongly. I thought of either giving up or continuing but luckily I continued and the pain decreased as I did more laps. I've grown accustomed to molding my body to the bike to avoid pain. The problem will be in the race when I have to overtake on the brakes because I can’t force the shoulder a lot. I have a good rhythm and I feel much better on the turns, but obviously worse than on Thursday. Anyway, I have decided to race," Jorge Lorenzo added.
He also said that simply bringing the bike back home would be a victory for him, but he will definitely try to get at least 5 points in the Dutch race. We're wishing him a fast recovery and hope the pain will not cause another crash. Given his combined FP1 and FP2 times ending him to Q2, Jorge Lorenzo starts in position 12 on the grid tomorrow.
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