Despite still suffering from a broken right hand, Lorenzo will try and power through the pain to test in Qatar.
The 22-year-old Spaniard fractured bones in his right hand in a motocross accident just over four weeks ago and it was believed by most that he would not be fit enough to ride at this test. But due to the season’s limited testing, Lorenzo had a special carbon fiber brace and custom Dainese gloves made, while Yamaha modified the right handlebar of his M1 to try and take part in the extremely important two-day pre-season test; the final before the season starts April 11.
The Yamaha factory rider’s Doctor has confirmed that he will not do any further damage to the hand by riding, it will just come down to how much pain Lorenzo can tolerate. The test takes place this Thursday and Friday, at which time he will assess the condition of the hand and his subsequent riding abilities.
“Today we are leaving for Qatar for the last Winter test,” Lorenzo said in a team press release today. “I think that it is important that we are there. The fracture happened less than five weeks ago, but we could not have missed this last test because it would have been negative for our preparation; we are not far from the first race of the season! The Doctor has made a special carbon fiber protection and Dainese have modified my glove, in order to further protect the fracture, so we will see how we get on.”
“I think that it is important that we are there (Qatar). The fracture happened less than five weeks ago, but we could not have missed this last test because it would have been negative for our preparation…” – Lorenzo
Added his team manager Wilco Zeelenberg: “We are happy that Jorge will be back for this last pre-season test at Qatar! Of course we have had to miss a whole test but we are confident that we can make up for lost time because the 2010 bike has proved to be very competitive from the first time we have used it. We will have to wait to see how Jorge’s hand feels when he starts riding, but we do not take anything for granted. The doctors have prepared a special brace for the thumb, Dainese have prepared special gloves and also a modified handlebar grip has been produced. Yamaha will give him all the support and time he needs to return to full strength.”
Be sure to stay tuned for further updates and full results when the test starts.