Yamaha Press Release: Lorenzo Out Of Sachsenring, Rossi Positive After Practice

Yamaha issued the following press release after the first day of practice at the Sachsenring. In it, they confirmed that Jorge Lorenzo has slightly bent the titanium plate holding his collarbone together, and will return to Barcelona for surgery. He will not take part in the race on Sunday.

Lorenzo Retires Following Sachsenring Free Practice Crash

Sachsenring (Germany), 12th July 2013

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo will not continue to participate in this weekend’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland following a high speed crash this afternoon in the second of the day’s free practice sessions. Reigning World Champion Lorenzo had been the fastest rider of the morning session, despite still recovering from surgery just two weeks ago on a collarbone injury sustained in practice for the Assen TT.

The afternoon session had started well with the Mallorcan flying straight into the top of the time sheets with a 1’22.047 second lap. The success was to be short-lived however as less than ten minutes in Lorenzo suffered a huge high-side crash, falling heavily onto the injured shoulder. He was taken immediately to the medical centre for x-rays where it was revealed he had damaged the plate inserted in surgery just two weeks ago. As a result the decision has been made to withdraw from this weekend’s Grand Prix. Lorenzo will fly home to Barcelona this evening and will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair any damage.

Team mate Valentino Rossi carried his confidence from his race win in Assen two weeks ago to the morning session and was quickly up to pace and a serious contender in the top group of riders, wrapping in third just 0.194 seconds from Lorenzo in first. The afternoon saw a more complex session for the Italian as the team worked through a number of different settings and tyre choices to get the best out of the YZR-M1 as the track temperature increased. Rossi completed the first day in fourth position in the combined times just 0.2 of a second from the front.

Jorge Lorenzo

2nd / 1'22.047 / 22 laps

“I have decided to go home and recover after today's crash at Sachsenring. I prefer to focus on surgery to fix the plate that was unfortunately bent during the crash. I will try to recover and be back as soon as possible."


Valentino Rossi

4th / 1'22.241 / 38 laps

“At the end it's a positive day for us, the practices were not so bad. Our pace and lap time was good and we are not so far from the front. This afternoon we had some difficulties when we tried some different things on the bike, the harder front tyre and some different settings. It looks like when the track has more temperature it gives us more problems, especially after some laps, so to ride the bike at the limit is more difficult. We have to work on the setting to improve our pace to stay with the front. Anyway we are not so far. Five or six riders have good pace so it will be interesting tomorrow.”

Wilco Zeelenberg

Team Manager

“Second practice here in Sachsenring has gone wrong like in Assen. This morning fastest and this afternoon a fast crash on maybe the second or third lap. Again he has hit the left shoulder and the plate has been bent. It’s obviously very painful so we need to consider and step by step decide what the plan is for the coming days.”

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

“Following from such a strong performance in Assen this is not how we wanted to start the Sachsenring weekend. Unfortunately Jorge has further complicated the injury to his shoulder in this afternoon’s crash so will need to return home for surgery tomorrow. We are very sorry to see him leave us however he has his full team support and we know he will come back fighting as soon as it is physically possible. It was good to see Vale start today with the same promise and pace we saw in Assen. We have some issues to work through to find the best set up to cope with warmer temperatures at the track but we are confident he will be a key protagonist on Sunday.”

Doctor Enric Cáceres
Member of the Immediate Intervention Dexeus to MotoGP

“The diagnosis after the fall is that the osteosynthesis material is bent in the middle. The screws of the proximal and distal have endured but Jorge will need a new intervention to re-attach the clavicle, because the plate has been curved slightly.”

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The video of the crash looked brutal and to go back in and do another surgery is going to be very painful, I'm sure. Hope to see him back at Laguna Seca, but it wouldn't be a total surprise if he sits that one out too.

Bridgestone tyre development man Valentino Rossi speaks about "we tried some different things on the bike, the harder front tyre and some different settings."

Is this the harder construction front tyre Bridgestone withdrew last year - to the protests of Pedrosa and Stoner - and which Vale has since admitted was a mistake and they could do with it back?

Has Vale got that harder construction front now? Is this what has seen his confidence in the front-end return and helped him win at Assen?

Will Bridgestone admit it?

David actually wrote an article that touched on why Rossi has regained his confidence in the front end of the M1, and it is to do with discovering a set-up that works with the too-soft Bridgestone sidewalls.

Both the hard and soft Bridgestones available for the team to select each weekend have the soft carcass construction.

I think they just mean the harder of the two options. When it was slightly colder they used the soft but for the increasing temperatures and race distance he is trying out the harder of the two options...