Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo crashed today in the second Free Practice session on a wet Assen track and broke his collarbone. The Yamaha Factory rider had just come out of a turn, was accelerating on the straight and lining up for Ramshoek and the Geert Timmer chicane when the rear broke loose, fishtailed, and tossed him from the bike. Lorenzo was taken to a hospital where it was disclosed that he had broken his left clavicle. He will be held there for observations before flying to Barcelona for surgery either Saturday night or Sunday morning.
“Unfortunately we didn't start the practice in Assen as we wanted. Jorge, after an incredible free practice one, had a crash in the wet in the afternoon and he broke his collarbone. This is a real pity as we were coming from two brilliant results and looking for a third. We have to accept this, it is part of our sport,” said Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director Massimo Meregalli in a team press release.
In the dry Free Practice 1 session, Lorenzo topped the timesheets at the Iveco TT Assen. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow was also fast, posting the second-fastest time in dry conditions with Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez registering the third-best time.
During the wet Free Practice 2 session, Marquez moved up to the top spot with a 1’47.617 lap. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi would finish 0.252-seconds in back of the Repsol rider to lay claim to the second spot, moving up from his fourth-place showing in the first practice session. Current Championship points leader Dani Pedrosa put down the third-fastest lap with a 1’48.240 run.
“From the beginning I felt good on the bike, both in the dry and wet conditions. Obviously there are still things to improve, especially in the dry, but overall I felt very comfortable and we’ll see if tomorrow the weather holds out for us, although the forecast is not too good. I hope for at least one dry practice in order to try to improve the setup, so fingers
Wet conditions kept times down in Free Practice 2 with Championship points leader Dani Pedrosa posting the third-fastest lap.
crossed we can have that tomorrow. As for the injury suffered by Jorge, he has been very unlucky. I think it's only the second crash that he has had this year, and it’s resulted in injury – which you never wish on any rider. I hope he makes a speedy recovery; I’m sure that in Germany he will be ready for battle again,” said Marquez in Repsol PR.
LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl finished the day with the fourth-fastest effort, a 1’48.594 lap. Bradl switched out the front brakes on his RC213V, running Brembo units instead of his standard Nissin set-up. Bradl tested out a similar configuration while testing the 2014 Honda prototype.
The factory Ducati’s of Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden would grab the next two slots as both riders posted identical laps of 1’48.682. Halfway through Free Practice 2, Crutchlow was able to push his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 motorcycle to the top of the timesheets, but his stint there didn’t last long as Marquez soon eclipsed his mark. Crutchlow couldn’t repeat his first Free Practice results, settling for seventh-fastest in the rain-plagued second session.
It was a positive day for CRT machines, with Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro cracking the top six in the first dry practice. In Free Practice 2, CRT riders grabbed the eighth through tenth slots, led by IODA/Suter rider Danilo Pedtrucci. Paul Bird Motorsport rider Yonny Hernandez would capture the ninth slot on the ART bike while Michael Laverty rounded out the top ten on his PBM-built ride.
Lorenzo was only one of the victims to the Dutch circuit’s wet conditions today as Espargaro was also taken to the Medical Centre and was reportedly bruised up after his own crash.
The third Free Practice session will take place tomorrow, followed by qualifying. Riders better get acclimated to riding in the rain because forecasters are predicting more of the wet stuff for the rest of the weekend.
2013 TT Assen Free Practice 2 Results
1. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1:47.617
2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1:47.869
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1:48.240
4. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 1:48.594
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 1:48.682
6. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1:48.682
7. Cal Cruthclow (Yamaha) 1:48.761
8. Danilo Pedtrucci (IODA/Suter) 1:49.031
9. Yonny Hernandez (ART) 1:49.129
10. Michael Laverty (PBM) 1:49.438