The Sachsenring medical center was a hive of activity this morning, with medical checks taking place on both Andrea Iannone, who dislocated his shoulder yesterday, and Dani Pedrosa, who fractured his collarbone and took a bang to the head in a massive highside on Saturday morning. The news was bad for Andrea Iannone: he was declared not fit to race, and so will be out of the German Grand Prix.
Pedrosa faced a barrage of physical tests used to determine his neurological condition, including walking in a straight line with his eyes closed, answering questions to test for confusion, and hand-eye coordination. The strength in his shoulder was also assessed, and Pedrosa passed all of the tests required. However, the Repsol Honda man still elected to sit out warm up, complaining of dizziness. When checked, his blood pressure was found to be low.
Further checks on Pedrosa showed his blood pressure remained low, making it too difficult for him to race, Pedrosa will now not be allowed to take part in the Sachsenring round of MotoGP.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
Yamaha issued the following update on the surgery Jorge Lorenzo underwent this morning in Barcelona. Lorenzo will not race at the Sachsenring, but no decision has been made on whether he will race at Laguna Seca next weekend:
Jorge Lorenzo Surgery Update
Sachsenring (Germany), 13th July 2013
Following his crash yesterday in the second free practice at the Sachsenring circuit for Sunday’s German Grand Prix race Jorge Lorenzo returned immediately to Barcelona. Today he underwent surgery at the Hospital General de Catalunya in Barcelona to repair further injuries to his collarbone.
Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez
Hospital General de Catalunya, Surgeon
Dani Pedrosa is in doubt for Sunday's race after suffering a major highside on Saturday morning at the Sachsenring. The Repsol Honda man entered the slow right hander at Turn 1 on his first full flying lap when the rear of the bike came round on him, flinging him a long way off the bike. Pedrosa fell heavily on his left shoulder - the shoulder he injured badly at Motegi in 2010, and then again at Le Mans in 2011, suffering complications until the end of the 2011 season. He got up holding his collarbone, and as rushed to the medical center.
Preliminary examinations showed no fractures, but as Pedrosa was about to undergo a second X-ray, he suffered a sudden loss in blood pressure, and it was not deemed safe to proceed. He was then flown to the local Chemnitz hospital, where he recovered sufficiently to undergo a CAT scan, which revealed a microfracture in his left collarbone, but no further injuries. Pedrosa has since returned to the track, where he is back in the medical center, but he will not take part in this afternoon's qualifying session. Just as Jorge Lorenzo did at Assen, Pedrosa will start from 12th on the grid, if he is able to race.
Rookie Marc Marquez set the fastest time of the weekend in FP3 with a 1’21.903 during yet another practice session marred by heavy crashes, including that of teammate Dani Pedrosa. The championship points leader crashed early in the session at Turn 1 shortly after a light rain had briefly halted practice.
Pedrosa, who was traveling at a relatively low speed, immediately grabbed his left shoulder and collarbone after the nasty highside crash. He immediately went to the mobile clinic but his condition remains unknown. Aleix Espargaro, always impressive on his Aprilia-powered CRT, came in second and Valentino Rossi placed third.
Given the combined times of the three practices, Q2 riders will be Marc Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow, Nicky Hayden, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Andrea Dovizioso and the top two riders from Q1.
Luis Salom returned to the top of the timesheets during the first Saturday practice at the German track and set a new Moto3 lap record in the process. His 1’27.013 bettered both countryman Alex Rins’ fast lap in FP3 and his (briefly held) Moto3 lap record of 1’27. 208 set during Friday’s FP2. Rins held on for second-fastest. Local-favorite Jonas Folger climbed into third -- but still a half-second behind Salom. The top eight riders -- including championship contender Maverick Vinales (7th) -- are within a second of the front.
There's an expression in the Dutch language, "een ongeluk zit in een klein hoekje," which translates literally as "accidents hide in small corners." It seems particularly relevant at the Sachsenring on Friday, as while there were crashes galore at Turn 11, the fast corner at the top of the long downhill run to the two final left handers, Jorge Lorenzo crashed at Turn 10, the uphill left which precedes Turn 11. It is not much of a corner, just the last of the long sequence of left handers which proceed from the Omegakurve towards the top of the hill, and the plunge down the waterfall. But it was enough to bend the titanium plate holding Jorge Lorenzo's collarbone together, and put him out of the German Grand Prix, and maybe Laguna Seca as well. That relatively minor corner may have ended Jorge Lorenzo's championship hopes.
What happened? It's hard to say exactly, but buoyed by the fact he topped the timesheets in FP1, and was consistently fast, Lorenzo came out in FP2 in attack mode. He pushed aggressively for the first two laps, setting a time that would put him in 4th on just his second full lap out of the pits. He was faster still round the first two sectors of the track, and then Turn 10 happened. The factory Yamaha man was thrown off his bike and into the air, landing having on his shoulder and back. The impact was violent enough to bend the titanium plate, and Lorenzo immediately knew something was wrong. He got up, zipped open his leathers and started gingerly feeling his collarbone.