Lorenzo Out Of TT Assen After Heavy Practice Fall

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Jorge Lorenzo is out of this weekend’s Dutch TT at Assen after suffering a broken collarbone in Thursday practice. The world champion crashed at high speed in torrential rain during the second practice session and the injuries have ended his participation in the Grand Prix.

Lorenzo had topped the timesheets in the morning session, run in more favourable conditions, but the heavens opened in the closing minutes of Moto3 FP2, leaving the circuit soaked for the premier class. Jorge came unstuck at Hoge Heide after seeming to clip the white line and being thrown over the Yamaha, landing hard on his left shoulder. Initially he was treated in the ambulance at the scene but once he returned to the medical centre, the true extent of his injuries was revealed.

Jorge, who currently trails championship leader Dani Pedrosa by seven points, will be kept in hospital overnight before returning home to Barcelona for surgery. It is hoped that he will be fit to return at the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

With Lorenzo out of the picture, Cal Crutchlow is the fastest man after today’s practice sessions after sneaking ahead of Marc Marquez with his final lap of the morning. Valentino Rossi moves up to third on what will now be the sole factory Yamaha with Pedrosa fourth ahead of Aleix Espargaro who continues to impress at the front of the CRT pack. The Aspar rider was another to fall in the wet second session but he escaped injury.

With one final practice session to come on Friday morning, the remaining top ten spots are held by Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista, Michele Pirro, Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso with Nicky Hayden and Andrea Iannone the men nervously watching the weather forecasts as they look to claim an automatic passage to Q2.

Should it rain tomorrow, it may present an opportunity for more CRT runners to upset the Ducatis in Q1 with the Paul Bird duo Yonny Hernandez and Michael Laverty impressing. Claudio Corti also shone, going fastest at one point, before eventually slipping to eleventh in a session led by Marquez.

 Iveco TT Assen – Combined Practice Classification (Top Ten Automatically Qualify For Q2)
Pos Rider Bike Team Best Time
1  Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:35.613
2  Marc Marquez Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:35.883
3  Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 1:35.958
4  Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:36.034
5  Aleix Espargaro ART Power Electronics Aspar 1:36.430
6  Stefan Bradl Honda LCR Honda MotoGP 1:36.559
7  Alvaro Bautista Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:36.763
8  Michele Pirro Ducati Ignite Pramac Racing 1:36.910
9  Bradley Smith Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:37.002
10  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati Team 1:37.041
11  Nicky Hayden Ducati Ducati Team 1:37.153
12  Karel Abraham ART Cardion AB Motoracing 1:37.346
13  Hector Barbera FTR Avintia Blusens 1:37.456
14  Randy de Puniet ART Power Electronics Aspar 1:37.489
15  Andrea Iannone Ducati Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1:37.538
16  Danilo Petrucci Ioda Suter Came IodaRacing Project 1:37.654
17  Yonny Hernandez ART Paul Bird Motorsport 1:37.917
18  Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:38.147
19  Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:38.334
20  Michael Laverty PBM Paul Bird Motorsport 1:38.874
21  Bryan Staring FTR Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:39.708
22  Ivan Silva FTR Avintia Blusens 1:39.950
23  Lukas Pesek FTR Came Ioda Racing Project 1:41.692
Withdrawn (Injured)
   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 1:35.263

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