By Leslie Xavier
World champion Jorge Lorenzo was thrown over the front end of his bike, after losing control during a practice session ahead of the Dutch TT at Assen on Thursday, June 27. The Yamaha rider has been ruled out of Saturday’s race and will fly to Barcelona to undergo a surgery on his injured right collarbone.
The Spaniard, who had won the last two races, was looking set to catch up with championship leader Dani Pedrosa of Repsol Honda this weekend, in the seventh round of the 2013 MotoGP season. He was reaching the end of a lap when he rode over a pool of water and flew off his bike, landing heaving on his left shoulder. The crash happened at the very fast Hoge Heie right-hand corner, which leads to Ramshoek and the Geert Timmer chicane, the last part of the Assen circuit.
“Jorge has suffered an accident at over 200 kilometres an hour and the obvious injury at this point is a broken left clavicle,” Dr. Xavier Mir, who attended to the injured rider at the track medical centre, told MotoGP’s official website. “However, as this was a significant accident, we have to take into account that there could also be head, thoracic or abdominal injuries. For now, we have taken him to hospital in Assen where CT scans will be carried out in those three areas to rule out any further injuries.”
Lorenzo set the best lap of the day, a 1:53.263 in the morning session, leading Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow and Repsol Honda’s Marc Márquez in what was the only dry session. The afternoon saw Lorenzo crash out while Márquez set the fastest time, which was a good 14 seconds off Lorenzo’s earlier best—an indication of the tricky conditions at the legendary track.