Jorge Lorenzo retired from Round 8 at Sachsenring after a high-side crash in practice saw him reinjure his broken collarbone.
LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl topped the timesheet in Friday’s practice at Sachsenring, posting a 1’22.030 in the second session of the day. It was an incident-packed start to Round 8 of the 2013 season though, with a handful of riders going down in the morning and afternoon.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo ended second-fastest on the day, thanks to his 1’22.047 lap set in FP1 but in FP2 the Mallorcan suffered another big high-side that saw him land on his already broken collarbone. He was able to walk off track after the incident, but was quickly taken to the medical center for further evaluation. According to Yamaha, Lorenzo damaged the plate that had been inserted during surgery a few weeks past, leading to his decision to retire from the German GP completely this year.
“I have decided to go home and recover after today’s crash at Sachsenring,” said Lorenzo in Yamaha PR. “I prefer to focus on surgery to fix the plate that was unfortunately bent during the crash. I will try to recover and be back as soon as possible.”
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa remained upright in both sessions, but was unable to improve on his FP1 time, ending the day third-fastest with a 1’22.221 lap time.
Pedrosa’s teammate, Marc Marquez, finished fourth followed by Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, in fifth. Marquez narrowly missed a spill of his own in FP2 but was able to stand the bike up and safely run into the gravel. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow ended the day sixth-fastest, but endured two crashes, one in each practice session and both at Turn 11. After his off in FP2 the British rider was taken to the medical center to have his left arm examined for injury.
“Obviously today was a very difficult one for Cal, but fortunately after two very big crashes he didn’t suffer any serious injury,” said Tech 3 Team Manger, Herve Poncharal. “He has no broken bones but in the second crash when he was sliding down the track, several pieces of gravel became trapped inside his right glove. They had to be removed by the medical staff at the Clinica Mobile and the wounds cleaned up. Cal’s forearm also suffered some friction burns and while it is nothing serious it is still very painful and uncomfortable. He is going to rest now but we are sure that he is going to be fine to ride tomorrow.”
Ducati’s Nicky Hayden, seventh-fastest on the day, also crashed in FP2 during the final minutes of the session. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro trailed in eighth followed by Hayden’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, in ninth. Dovi lost his bike in Turn 11 during FP1 but was able to return in FP2 to post his top-10 lap time. Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista finished in 10th.
Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone was yet another to go down, with his off coming in FP1. The rookie rider was reportedly unharmed, but his Desmosedici went tumbling through the gravel and came to rest in pieces. Bautista’s teammate, Bryan Staring, sustained a slide off track as well in FP2.
MotoGP Sachsenring Combined Friday Results 2013:
1. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 1’22.030-FP2
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’22.047-FP1
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’22.221-FP1
4. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’22.241-FP1
5. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1’22.251-FP2
6. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’22.469-FP1
7. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’22.572-FP2
8. Aleix Espargaro (ART) 1’22.641-FP1
9. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 1’22.850-FP2
10. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 1’22.882-FP1
11. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 1’23.008-FP2
12. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 1’23.040-FP2
13. Randy de Puniet (ART) 1’23.131-FP1
14. Michele Pirro (Ducati) 1’23.491-FP2
15. Yonny Hernandez (ART) 1’23.524-FP2
16. Hector Barbera (FTR) 1’23.627-FP2
17. Michael Laverty (PBM) 1’23.636-FP2
18. Danillo Petrucci (Ioda-Suter) 1’23.866-FP2
19. Colin Edwards (FTR-Kawasaki) 1’23.911-FP2
20. Claudio Corti (FTR-Kawasaki) 1’24.078-FP2
21. Hiroshi Aoyama (FTR) 1’24.647-FP2
22. Bryan Staring (FTR-Honda) 1’24.798-FP1
23. Lukas Pesek (Ioda-Suter) 1’25-568-FP2
24. Karel Abraham (ART) 1’26.195-FP1