Jorge Lorenzo will travel to California for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix despite undergoing surgery on his left collarbone for the second time on Saturday. After initially injuring himself at Assen, the world champion had a plate inserted into his shoulder but the second accident at the Sachsenring caused damage to it, necessitating further surgery for a new plate to be inserted.
Lorenzo’s early intention was to rest until the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 18th but will now takes his place at Laguna Seca where he will look to close the eleven point gap to championship leader Marc Marquez.
“Finally we have decided to go to Laguna Seca. Following the final medical check and after speaking with Doctor Rodríguez we are going to try. At the beginning I seriously thought that it might have been convenient to take the necessary time to recover and be back at Indy but in the last two days I have felt much better so now I want to be there, although I will try to not take too many risks. I want to be there also for the fans, for the championship but especially for my team that is waiting for me. I want to thank everybody for all the support I have received so far and I want to say “thank you” to the doctors who took care of me after the crash at Sachsenring, both at the Clinica Mobile and at the Hospital General de Catalunya, especially Doctors Rodríguez and Cots.”
There are no concerns surrounding Valentino Rossi’s fitness and the Italian heads stateside looking to repeat one of his greatest ever victories.
“Laguna is a very special track, it is very important to me because it is the track of one of my best races in my career in 2008. Apart from that time I always seem to suffer there so I hope to go and do a better job this time. We have made good progress and are now fighting closer to the front but we need to make another step to fight for more victories.”