Riding brilliantly lately, Yamaha’s defending World champion Jorge Lorenzo was looking forward to this Saturday’s Assen MotoGP event. Those plans unraveled earlier today when Lorenzo crashed during a wet practice session in one of the fastest sections of the track, resulting in a broken collarbone. Lorenzo had been fastest during an earlier, dry practice session this morning.
Yamaha indicates Lorenzo will have surgery immediately. He will miss Saturday’s race, of course, but the next MotoGP event is two weeks off and we have seen riders have a collarbone fracture plated and return to race in the next event. We should know in a few days whether this will be an option for Lorenzo, or not.
Lorenzo was just a few points off the championship lead held by Honda’s Dani Pedrosa at the time of the accident.