Bat­tered Lorenzo sits it out

Mar­quez fi­nally gets one over on Dovi in last-lap dash for glory


Jorge Lorenzo was forced to skip Sun­day’s race af­ter a mon­ster high­side dur­ing free prac­tice left him even more in­jured than he al­ready was go­ing into the week­end.

Still re­cov­er­ing from the ef­fects of his fall on the open­ing lap of the race in Aragon, the five-times world cham­pion suf­fered se­vere bruis­ing to his an­kle and a cracked right wrist. The high­side was caused by a tech­ni­cal prob­lem on Lorenzo’s fac­tory Du­cati (one that the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer re­fused to go into de­tail on, but is be­lieved to be en­gine or gear­box re­lated, see p68). Lorenzo has raced on with more se­vere in­juries in the past, but with no cham­pi­onship on the line and be­liev­ing that he has more chance

‘Next time I jump on the bike I may be a bit more afraid’

of win­ning next time out in Motegi any­way, the Spaniard de­cided that dis­cre­tion was the bet­ter part of val­our on this oc­ca­sion.

He said: “My con­fi­dence will be dif­fer­ent when I get back on the bike from where it was af­ter the Aragon crash be­cause I know that one was my fault. The next time I jump on the bike I might be a lit­tle more afraid to en­ter the cor­ner.”

The Spaniard is now hop­ing for bet­ter luck next time out. Ad­mit­ting that part of his rea­son for sit­ting out the Thai race was to be in bet­ter form for Motegi in two weeks, he’s tar­get­ing it as one of his re­main­ing chances to in­crease his Du­cati win tally.

There wasn’t much left of Lorenzo’s Du­cati

High­sides don’t get much more vi­o­lent

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