Jorge Lorenzo is to miss the next round of MotoGP, to recover from successful surgery to repair the finger which was damaged so badly during a warm up crash at Phillip Island. Lorenzo was thrown from his Factory Yamaha YZR-M1 on Sunday morning, and had the ring finger on his left hand trapped by the handlebars, which tore the top of his finger off. Lorenzo was forced to miss the race in Australia, and was flown straight to a hospital in Melbourne, where a three-and-a-half hour operation was performed to reattach the lost fingertip.
Results and summary of World Superbike race 1 at Portimao:
Carlos Checa has taken another victory in the first race at Portimao, bringing his season to 15 so far, adding yet more shine to his 2011 World Superbike championship.
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Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Phillip Island:
Results and summary of Moto2 race at Phillip Island:
Alex de Angelis has taken his second Moto2 victory in a row at Phillip Island, getting past Stefan Bradl with a last lap pass to take the win in Australia. With Marc Marquez finishing in 3rd after an astounding charge through the field, the championship is still close, Bradl taking over from Marquez, but his lead just 3 points.
The MotoGP race at Phillip Island is to start without the two factory Yamaha riders, both Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo being forced to miss the race with injury. Ben Spies' withdrawal has been forced after the Texan received a bang to the head in a huge, 270 km/h crash during qualifying yesterday, but the bigger news is Jorge Lorenzo. The reigning World Champion crashed heavily during the morning warm up session in Australia, losing part of his left ring finger in the process. The injury leaves him incapable of racing, and he will be forced to sit out the race.
Results of the 125cc race at Phillip Island:
Jorge Lorenzo crashed heavily during the MotoGP warm up, badly injuring the ring finger on his left hand. He has been declared unfit to race, meaning that if Casey Stoner finishes 6th or better, the Australian is champion.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Portimao:
Portimão – Qualifying Practice 2 & Superpole.
Saturday, 15th October 2011.
There is a storm brewing in the MotoGP paddock. The cause is well-known, and has been debated to death over the past three years: MotoGP is too expensive, for both teams and for factories and the grids keep getting thinner every year. After the departure of Aprilia, Ilmor and Kawasaki, it now looks as if Suzuki is on the verge of pulling out. And it's not just factories withdrawing, the number of satellite bikes available is reducing just as fast.