Dutch TT: Lorenzo breaks collarbone in practice smash, out this weekend

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Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo has broken his collarbone in a free practice smash at Assen today.

The incident, to his previously damaged left shoulder, will rule him out of this weekend's race.

The Spainard touched the wite line exiting the fast Hoge Heide right turn, before being thrown off the bike and landing heavily on his left shoulder.

“Jorge has suffered an accident at over 200 kilometres an hour and the obvious injury at this point is a broken left clavicle,” said Dr. Xavier Mir from the Clinica Mobilia.

“However, as this was a significant accident, we have to take into account that there could also be head, thoracic or abdominal injuries. For now, we have taken him to hospital in Assen where CT scans will be carried out in those three areas to rule out any further injuries.

It would also be a prudent move to observe him over 12 hours to make sure he can be treated by the appropriate parties when he arrives in Barcelona tomorrow.”

Lorenzo will fly to Barcelona tomorrow for an operation on Saturday or Sunday at the reknowned Dexeus Institute.

Lorenzo damaged his shoulder at the 2005 Catalunya 250cc race, and had further surgery in 2009 to remove the metal plates left from that break.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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