Lorenzo Cleared to Race after Free Practice Crash

07/23/2011 @ 2:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Jorge Lorenzo had a spectacle of a highside during the cooldown lap after MotoGP’s Free Practice 3, sending the Spanish rider into the air and his Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycle tumbling after him. Stopping to do a practice start, the traction control on Lorenzo’s M1 was disabled, which is normal during such an event. Failing to re-engage the TC system after his start by downshifting (as would happen going into Turn 1 after a start), Lorenzo entered the next turn without his rider aids.

Cracking the throttle wide-open on the corner exit (as is the custom now with GP bikes), the Yamaha recieved full-power to the rear wheel, resulting in the accident. Hitting the ground hard, Lorenzo recieved further injury from his M1 also colliding with him, resulting in the Spaniard grabbing his knee and being slow to get up from the gravel trap. Helped off the track by corner workers, Lorenzo was already recovering from the incident by the time he got to the Clinca Mobile.

“That isn’t how I planned to finish the free practice. I am not sure yet why I crashed, I need to take the video from Dorna and study it as I was not going that fast,” said Jorge after getting cleared to ride in the qualifying session and tomorrow’s race. “Anyway I am very sore especially in my hip but happy to be uninjured and will still be there to give 100% in qualifying this afternoon. Apart from the crash the morning session was good, the bike still needs more going into the corners but we are getting there.”

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  • MikeD

    AHAAAAAAAAA!!! No band aids…no decent riding ……..HAAAAAA ! BUSTED ! LOL.

  • Woody

    Not sure why you’re giving him flak over a sudden change in his bike’s performance. It’s like giving whatever you ride a slight bit of throttle mid-corner, but instead the carb/FI goes wide open. Shit happens.

  • MikeD

    I was just been sarcastic…(people don’t get it most of the time)…please, let’s take the Internet and it’s users lesss serious….ok ?, (^_^ ) .

  • Dave Bardell

    Just shows what electronics do for racing, but it seems to take away the individual’s skill level and makes the race sort of boring. Hopefully the new displacement limits make it more interesting next year.