2013 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
It’s been nothing but stressful situations for the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo, but the two-time Champion may compete this weekend at Laguna Seca this weekend.
Lorenzo began the 2013 MotoGP Championship off on a high note, winning Qatar and taking the lead. But then the Repsol Honda duo of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa began winning races, knocking Lorenzo down in the points.
But Lorenzo came back to win both round five and six (Mugello and Catalunya), getting within reach of the series leader Pedrosa. Bad luck followed, though, and Lorenzo broke his left collarbone at practice for round seven Assen.
In a superhuman effort, Lorenzo competed in Assen, finishing fifth just 38 hours after surgeons inserted a plate and screws in the Spaniard’s shoulder. Winning that race was Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi.
But these efforts were further devastated by a nasty high side at Sachsenring last weekend. During the crash, Lorenzo further upset his recovering shoulder, and was forced to receive additional surgery.
After a DNS at Germany, Lorenzo fell back to third in the championship point standings, 11 behind the new leader Marquez, who won at Sachsenring.
As the series heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2013 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix this weekend, Lorenzo is traveling with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team.
Though in obvious pain, Lorenzo, who has a single victory at Laguna Seca during his MotoGP-Championship winning year of 2010, says he will “try” riding this week.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “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.”
Lorenzo’s teammate manager also commented on the situation.
Wilco Zeelenberg (Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager) says: “Jorge has made the decision to fly to Laguna Seca and, although it will not be easy, he has decided to try despite the pain and the consequences of the second surgery to his injured collarbone. We have another tough weekend ahead of us, especially because the lay-out of the track is physically demanding. Now I am just looking forward to seeing him here with the team and then we will set the strategy for the weekend.”
The riders will be on the track Friday for the first practice sessions of the 2013 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.