Lorenzo pulls out of German MotoGP (Surgery Successful) UPDATE Following his crash at the Sachsenring on Friday, in which he bent the titanium plate attached to his left collarbone, Jorge Lorenzo has undergone another operation. The MotoGP™ World Champion has now revealed that he is set to miss two races before making a comeback at Indianapolis in mid-August.
Lorenzo broke the collarbone in Thursday practice for the Dutch TT just over two weeks ago, returning to Barcelona where the plate was attached with eight screws. In Germany on Friday, the plate was damaged after the Yamaha Factory Racing rider highsided on the exit of Turn 10.
Having been ruled out of this weekend’s race, he underwent surgery at the Hospital General de Catalunya on Saturday morning.
“As a result of the trauma suffered in the crash yesterday, 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,” explains Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez, surgeon who carried out the procedure.
“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.
“The Surgical team involved at the Hospital General de Catalunya, Sant Cugat del Vallés were Doctors Joaquin Rodriguez, Marc Cots and Anna Carreras, anesthetists Doctors Angela Verde and Eric Alvarez and instrumentalists Cristina Gil and Laia Torrens. The operation lasted for two hours.”
Lorenzo currently sits second in the World Championship to Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa, who has also injured his left collarbone in Germany.
On Saturday evening, the Yamaha Factory Racing team rider announced on Twitter that he is planning to make his comeback after the summer break, at Indianapolis, for the tenth round of the season: '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!'07/12/13 Jorge Lorenzo's suffered a potentially massive blow to his championship hopes after confirmation that he will miss the German Grand Prix due to injury.
The Spaniard will fly to Barcelona tonight (Friday) to have surgery on his damaged shoulder, after x-rays revealed he had damaged a titanium plate - inserted after he broke his collarbone a fortnight ago at Assen - in a massive highside crash.
The operation means he will now miss Sunday's race in Germany, and throws his participation at Laguna Seca - which runs back-to-back with the Sachsenring event - into doubt.
"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."