Lorenzo still expected to race this weekend
Jorge Lorenzo, already bruised and battered from his Aragón crash, suffered another massive fall at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand in Friday evening’s FP2 session.
Lorenzo lost the rear entering turn three when it seemed as though the fire went out on the engine that powers the #99 Ducati Desmosedici as he entered the turn, spitting Lorenzo into yet another significant highside that saw him land very heavily on his back, before an ugly tumble.
Both Lorenzo and Petrucci blow engines on Friday…?
Rumours suggest that Lorenzo’s engine had let go, and that in fact Petrucci also did an engine on Friday, which suggests that something about the conditions in Thailand might be making the Italian machines a little fragile this weekend.
Lorenzo’s Ducati destroyed itself as it tumbled over the tarmac before coming to rest in the gravel trap.
Jorge was immediately taken to the circuit medical centre where he was diagnosed with having abrasions to his right forearm and bruises to his left wrist and the right foot he already injured in Spain.
The Mallorcan rider then went to the local hospital to have further checks on his left wrist, but has been declared fit for tomorrow by the organisers’ medical staff.
“It was another tough day for me. I was surprised by the fact that the rear wheel went away suddenly and I crashed so violently after a high side. Luckily, and this is the most important thing, the checks confirmed that I’ve got nothing broken, but just a bruised left wrist and right ankle. I’ve been told that the cause was a technical problem that the team are still looking into, and tomorrow morning as soon as I get up I’ll see if I can race or not. I want to see how the night goes before taking the best decision.”
MotoGP Thailand Friday Combined Times
- Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati 1m31.090
- Maverick Vinales – Yamaha 1m31.121
- Cal Crutchlow – Honda 1m31.164
- Marc Marquez – Honda 1m31.188
- Danilo Petrucci – Ducati 1m31.238
- Andrea Iannone – Suzuki 1m31.256
- Alvaro Bautista – Ducati 1m31.378
- Dani Pedrosa – Honda 1m31.385
- Valentino Rossi – Yamaha 1m31.398
- Johann Zarco – Yamaha 1m31.421
- Jack Miller – Ducati 1m31.486
- Franco Morbidelli – Honda 1m31.647
- Takaaki Nakagami – Honda 1m31.714
- Bradley Smith – KTM 1m31.841
- Alex Rins – Suzuki 1m31.929
- Jorge Lorenzo – Ducati 1m32.027
- Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia 1m32.067
- Hafizh Syahrin – Yamaha 1m32.177
- Scott Redding – Aprilia 1m32.191 (FP1)
- Karel Abraham – Ducati 1m32.403
- Pol Espargaro – KTM 1m32.475
- Tom Luthi – Honda 1m32.661
- Xavier Simeon – Ducati 1m32.989
- Jordi Torres – Ducati 1m33.406 (FP1)