Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP: Lorenzo Crash & Injury Update

MotoGP: Lorenzo Crash & Injury Update

2011 MotoGP

Following a nasty highside during warm up for last weekend’s Phillip Island MotoGP, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo suffered injury to his left hand, the Spaniard mangling his fourth finger.

Lorenzo didn’t start the race, and was transported to Melbourne where he underwent successful reconstructive surgery.

Following the operation, the Yamaha M1 MotoGP pilot flew home to Barcelona where he is recovering. Due to this, Lorenzo will miss this weekend’s Sepang MotoGP. The Yamaha team will soon confirm if Lorenzo will compete at the 2011 MotoGP finale at Valencia Nov. 4.

While recovering, Lorenzo spoke about the accident and Repsol Honda Casey Stoner’s new title.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing M1 MotoGP) says: "Casey has had an incredible season with very few mistakes. He has always been very strong and consistent so it has been very difficult to beat him. Congratulations to him, he has been the best this year and deserves his second title, a huge achievement as it comes with a different manufacturer.

"I would have liked to fight until the end, maybe until Valencia but the accident on Sunday has made it impossible. I am very proud of my team for all the hard work they have put in to take second in the Championship. Now we have to think about next year and work as hard as possible to win again. After the crash I was very worried that I would not have full feeling in my finger again. After the excellent treatment I received I have been assured I will have complete feeling in nerves and tendons. This gives me good confidence; I can’t wait to get back on my M1 again!"

Jorge Lorenzo Surgery Details:

  • Surgeon: John Crock – MB.BS (Melbourne). Dip. Anat. MD. FRACS
  • Hospital: Knox Private Hospital, Wantirna (Vic)
  • Operative Diagnosis: Left hand ring and middle finger injuries
  • Summary of operation: Debride and reconstruct left ring and middle fingers
  • Duration of operation: 80mins
  • Operation details:
  • Middle finger wound: skin loss only, covered with SSG taken from the hypothenar eminence.
  • Ring finger wound: longitudinal dorsal grinding injury with loss of tip. (…) Distal half of the distal phalanx missing. (…) The extensor tendon was identified and reattached. (…)

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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