The list of riders taking advantage of the winter test ban to have surgery grows longer. This week, both Jorge Lorenzo and Sandro Cortese have gone under the surgeon's knife to have metal plates removed, in preparation for the 2014 season.
For Lorenzo, surgery was done to remove the metal plate put in to fixate the collarbone he broke first at Assen, then again at the Sachsenring. Lorenzo crashed heavily on a soaking wet track during the Thursday free practice session at Assen, breaking his left collarbone. After a dash by private jet to and from Barcelona to have his collarbone plated, he raced, finishing in 5th. At the Sachsenring Two weeks later, Lorenzo crashed again the force of the crash bending the plate on his collarbone, and he had surgery once again to replace the bent plate. This time, he did not race.
Lorenzo finished the rest of the season with a plated collarbone, but to allow his collarbone to return to full strength, the Spaniard decided to have the plate removed now. While he was having his collarbone plate removed, he also had surgery on his thumb, to clean up scar tissue left from an injury in 2010.
2012 Moto3 world champion Sandro Cortese also had some metal removed. The Intact GP Moto2 rider had broken his right forearm in a fall at Brno, and had a plate inserted to fix that injury. This week, the German rider also had surger to remove that plate, to allow the bone to regain full strength.
Both Cortese and Lorenzo will take a very short break from training, before returning to prepare for the start of the 2014 season. Lorenzo expects to be 100% fit for the first test of the season at Sepang, from 4th-6th February 2014.