Injured Lorenzo targets Indy return
SACHSENRING, Germany - Agence France-Presse
Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will return to action with the Indianapolis Grand Prix after missing yesterday’s Germany race. AP photoDefending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, recovering from a second operation on his fractured left collarbone forcing him out of Sunday's German Grand Prix, will also sit out next weekend's race at Laguna Seca.
Yamaha's Spanish rider took to twitter to tell his fans: "'To the people asking me about Laguna, I would like to say that I don't want to take more risk and (instead) have a good recovery. See you in Indy!' Lorenzo was forced to undergo another bout of surgery in Barcelona on Saturday on the collarbone he broke at the previous race in Assen.
In the Dutch Grand Prix a fortnight ago Lorenzo fell in practice on the Thursday, had a titanium plate inserted in an operation in Barcelona early on the Friday morning, and them miraculously returned to Assen to compete and finish fifth to teammate Valentino Rossi in the race itself.
At Sachsenring he suffered another heavy fall in the second practice session on Friday, bending the titanium plate, causing intense pain and forcing another two hour date with surgeons in Barcelona.
Joaquin Rodriguez, one of the surgeons who carried out the procedure. told motogp.com late Saturday: "As a result of the trauma suffered in the crash yesterday (Friday), the original fracture suffered a little movement that required new surgery to close the space and reduce the fracture by the method of osteosynthesis and with a new plate.
"The new plate needed ten screws plus one inter fragmentary screw. We then needed to take out some bone substance from the pelvis that was mixed with dried bone. We placed this implant into the collarbone to stimulate the creation of the callus and help speed up the consolidation of the bone." Lorenzo, who is lying second in the 2013 riders' standings, nine points behind Honda's Dani Pedrosa.
Pedrosa also fell in practice but who may still compete in Sunday's German leg of the MotoGP championship.
The Indianapolis Grand Prix, the tenth leg of the 2013 calendar, will be held on August 18.