Jorge Lorenzo has been forced to miss the final MotoGP race of the year at Valencia. The 2010 MotoGP World Champion needs more time to recover after surgery to the finger he damaged in a crash at Phillip Island three weeks' ago, and Lorenzo has decided to withdraw, as he cannot ride at the level required for MotoGP.
Lorenzo's aim now is to try to be fit enough to participate in the test on Tuesday, but that is also in doubt. Lorenzo is keen to focus on regaining the title he conceded to Casey Stoner, and needs to be helping push development of Yamaha's new 1000cc bike for 2012. If the Spaniard is unfit to test, his place will be taken by Katsuyuki Nakasuga, as the Japanese rider will be replacing Lorenzo for the race weekend.
Below is the press release from Yamaha:
Jorge Lorenzo to Miss Season Finale at Valencia
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo will not participate in this weekend's season finale at Valencia. Lorenzo continues to make good progress in recovery following plastic surgery to repair damage to the ring finger of his left hand sustained in Phillip Island three weeks ago. The Mallorcan's injuries require further recovery time to allow him to ride at a competitive level.
Japanese Yamaha test rider and All Japan Superbike competitor Katsuyuki Nakasuga will make his second appearance in the MotoGP premier class on behalf of 2010 World Champion Lorenzo.
Yamaha Factory Racing's rider line up for the 1000cc test next week will be confirmed on Monday 7th November.