Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will take no further part at this weekend’s inaugural PTT Thailand Grand Prix after suffering a huge crash at Turn 3 in Friday’s FP2 session.
Disaster struck for Lorenzo heading into Turn 3 with just over 10 minutes of the session remaining. As the Spaniard entered the corner, his GP18’s engine seemed to have an issue, causing Lorenzo to be launched over the top of the bike, landing heavily on his already injured right foot as the Ducati machine suffered severe damage. The five-time world champion was carried off on a stretcher and headed to the medical center for a checkup, before heading to the hospital for further examinations.
Lorenzo came into Round 15 as an injury doubt after his Aragon GP ended in disaster at the first corner, a brutal highside leaving him with a dislocated first toe and fractured second metatarsal in his right foot. However, after a fitness test on Thursday, the Ducati rider was declared fit to ride in Buriram.
Despite that declaration, Lorenzo will recuperate and prepare for three flyaway races — the first of those being the Motul Grand Prix of Japan in just under two weeks’ time — plus the final round at Valencia.