MotoGP: Lorenzo passed fit but unsure of condition

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Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo says it’ll be tomorrow before he figures out his condition on the bike, as he goes into the inaugural Thai Grand Prix still nursing an injured foot from his first corner crash last time out in Aragon. Dislocating his toe and breaking a metatarsal in the fall – which he firmly pinned the blame for on Marc Marquez – he says that he’s still not sure how he’ll be on the bike.

“The crash not only ruined my race, but it could also compromise this weekend’s at Buriram. I’m not yet 100%, my foot is still very swollen and I don’t know how much pain I’ll feel and even if I’ll be able to put my boot on, but I want to try and race here in Thailand. 

“I’m still disappointed because expectations were high at Aragon, but now I can’t do anything but try and give my utmost in the five remaining races. We must think positively and even though the pre-championship test here at Buriram didn’t go very well for me, the situation has changed a lot over the season. On Friday morning we’ll get a better idea of my condition and if I’ll be able to ride, even though it’s not going to be easy for me to be competitive in this situation.”

But while Lorenzo might be riding injured, teammate Andrea Dovizioso has another concern – admitting that he’s not sure yet how the weekend’s action will play out on MotoGP’s brand new circuit.

“The Buriram track is very strange and we have never raced there so it will be a totally new situation for everyone. In the tests in February here in Thailand we didn’t do too badly at all, but now I think that we are much more competitive than what we were at the start of the season. We’ll have to see what the conditions are like because it might be hotter than in Malaysia and this will surely affect the race, but above all it looks like we’re already in the rainy season, so everything can happen.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer