Jorge Lorenzo will not take part in next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang after undergoing surgery on his injured finger in Melbourne today. The Yamaha no.1 crashed in morning warm-up with his YZR-M1 landing on top of his left hand, severing the fourth finger.
Lorenzo missed today's Australian GP to go through surgery but he would later receive the first piece of good news all day, with the surgeon able to save the nerves and tendons of the injured finger, as a result no functionality will be lost in either the finger or the hand
However, due to the extended recovery time, Lorenzo will return to Barcelona instead of travelling to Kuala Lumpur and the Yamaha team will make a decision on his status for the final Grand Prix in Valencia when his condition is assessed at a later date.
As if to add insult to injury, Lorenzo lost his status as world champion later in the afternoon as Casey Stoner won the race to clinch his second title. Lorenzo's absence meant he only needed to finish in the top six but Stoner sealed it in style, winning his ninth race of the year.