French MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo passed fit for Le Mans clash

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Spanish rookie Jorge Lorenzo has passed a late fitness test and will ride in this weekend’s French MotoGP in Le Mans.

Although the Estoril MotoGP winner is still in considerable pain from the ankle injuries he suffered in a spectacular crash in Shanghai earlier this month, medical checks in Barcelona yesterday saw the Fiat Yamaha rider given the all-clear to participate in tomorrow’s free practice.

Lorenzo paid a visit to the Dexeus Institute where Doctor Xavier Mir assessed the injuries to both ankles.

X-rays confirmed that the astragalus in Lorenzo’s right ankle and torn lateral internal ligament in his left are both healing well. The edema and post-traumatic bruising suffered have also reduced significantly.

The 21-year-old will continue to have physiotherapy on the two joints, which will remain immobilised, before he takes to the track for first free practice at Le Mans on Friday morning.

“Not enough time has passed yet for the injuries to fully heal, but Jorge’s pain threshold will allow him to compete without too much risk this weekend,” said Doctor Mir.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt