Watch Jorge highside his Fiat Yamaha on the opening lap of the US Grand Prix and read about his plans for recovery
Lorenzo - skywards on lap one at Laguna
JORGE LORENZO has suffered even more injuries to his battered feet after an horrific high-side on the very first lap of the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca last night.
The Spaniard's debut American race ended in the gravel at turn five. Lorenzo broke the third and fifth metatarsal bones in his left foot and will now face a race to be fit for the next Grand Prix in a month’s time at Brno.
Lorenzo made a good start and was looking promising in fourth place when the crash happened. It was immediately clear that he had injured himself, a depressing realisation for a rider who has already had to cope with two broken ankles and a concussion this season. With the summer break coming before the next race however the outlook is good for the 21-year-old, who has flown home for further assessment in Barcelona this week.
He said: “I’m very sad because I had a lot of confidence for the race after the qualifying session and, above all, after the very start of the race when I was fourth and feeling good. Then I crashed; my tyre was not up to temperature, I lost the rear and the next thing I knew I was in the gravel, with pain in my foot. It is one more crash, one more injury and it’s another moment that I have to forget as soon as possible. I need to look forward. I am so sad but now I must concentrate on the fact that I have a whole month before Brno in order to be fit and to be able to race in good shape. This is my aim.”
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