MotoGP: Lorenzo out after monster highside

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Jorge Lorenzo is out of this weekend’s inaugural Thai Grand Prix, after suffering a monster highside in yesterday’s free practice two session that left the already-injured Ducati rider suffering even more. Caused by a mechanical issue on his Ducati, he was launched into the air with 12 minutes left of the session, bringing out the red flags as he underwent trackside medical attention. 

The Spaniard was already riding injured after breaking his foot in his turn one crash on the opening lap of the Aragon Grand Prix two weeks, and was far from the top of the time sheets in the opening session at MotoGP’s new race.

And while he didn’t break anything in yesterday’s fall despite suffering contusions to his wrist and ankle, a crack in his left wrist means he says he isn’t prepared to take the risk when he’s not in a fight for the championship. Not needing surgery to repair the injury, he told the media that instead he will take the next two weeks to try and improve enough to be competitive in Japan. 

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer