Slippery start at the Sachsenring for Jorge Lorenzo
The GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland kicked off today under difficult track conditions. The morning practice was run on a fairly cold circuit, which became partly damp as rain began to fall half way through the session, while in the afternoon the riders had to cope with a drying track.
Jorge had a challenging start to the German Grand Prix. He was looking to move up from a provisional top ten position when he suffered a high-speed crash in turn eleven during FP1.
The Mallorcan was quickly back on his feet, but had x-ray scans taken of his left hand at the Clinica Mobile as a precautionary measure. He was cleared of a fracture after the medical check but was unable to rejoin the session in time and finished in twelfth position in the morning time sheets.
Lorenzo returned to the track during the FP2 session after waiting for the rain to stop and the track to dry. With action resuming, the Spaniard mainly focused on improving the balance of his bike and he managed to better his morning time by 1‘529, to eventually finish sixteenth in the combined times, 1.663 from the front.
It looks like these are very cold and slippery conditions and you have to be very careful with the tyres. This morning I had a crash going downhill so to be honest I didn‘t get good confidence in any of the corners of the track and I felt really slow. All the Yamahas are struggling at the moment in these conditions and I‘m the slowest one, so let‘s see if we can improve our speed. My physical condition after the crash is OK and will not be a problem for Sunday.
Source: Movistar Yamaha