Jorge Lorenzo’s decision to return to Assen and try to race tomorrow has been greeted with shock and disbelief within the MotoGP paddock.
The reigning world champion crashed heavily during FP2 and suffered a fractured collarbone. He immediately flew back to Barcelona for surgery and this morning Yamaha confirmed rumours that he was looking to return to Assen in time for tomorrow’s race.
His rivals spoke about his decision to return with Lorenzo’s Yamaha teammate, Valentino Rossi, saying:
“It’s very difficult to speak about Jorge’s choice,” said Rossi. “If Jorge is confident and feels good enough to race tomorrow it’s a good choice. If tomorrow he doesn’t feel good or has pain it’s a good choice not to race. He’s fighting for the championship so if he wants to try it’s a good choice.”
Bradley Smith also spoke about Lorenzo’s decision and gave the racers perspective by saying:
“You do whatever you need to do to win a world championship,” said the Tech3 rookie. “If he feels ready to go out and score points I’m not the man to tell him otherwise. He knows his condition and the medical staff will only pass him fit if he’s ready to ride. If I was fighting for the championship I’d be the same and trying to comeback and race. He’s showing how much he’s willing to put in to this to win the championship.”
Dani Pedrosa, who has broken his collarbone numerous times in the past, also spoke about his championship rivals decision to try and return:
“It’s brave from Jorge but only he knows how he feels and how he is after waking up from the surgery,” said the championship leaer. “Every injury is different and he’s the only one who can judge it. It’s very painful racing with a broken collarbone, when I broke mine last time I raced many weeks later and I couldn’t really make the braking. After all that surgery I wasn’t feeling well because of the medication.”
Speaking after claiming the first pole position of his career Cal Crutchlow made clear that he feels that his achievement does not mean as much without Lorenzo attempting to qualify but the when asked about Lorenzo returning the colourful Englishman simply said, “If he races he’s my hero!”