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Forcada comments on Lorenzo recovery

Forcada comments on Lorenzo recovery

Jorge Lorenzo´s crew chief with the Fiat Yamaha team, Ramon Forcada, was disappointed to miss a testing opportunity on Monday but is pleased that his rider is recovering well.

A series of recent crashes and injuries have taken their toll on Jorge Lorenzo´s body, his latest accident at the Circuit de Catalunya last Friday meaning that he missed his home race on Sunday and a chance to improve his Michelin-Yamaha M1 package in testing on Monday afternoon.

A post-Portugal `arm pump´ operation meant Lorenzo was unable to test there after his brilliant GP win in April, before ankle fractures sustained in China prevented the 21 year-old MotoGP rookie sensation from attending two days of tests after the Le Mans race in May.

Having now been absent for the Catalunya practice Lorenzo´s crew have had little opportunity of late to work on the settings of his 800cc prototype, with special adjustments also required on race weekends to allow him to ride comfortably with his ankle injuries.

The partitioned Fiat Yamaha pit-box means no information can be offered from the Bridegstone-supplied Valentino Rossi side of the garage, with Lorenzo´s crew chief Ramon Forcada describing the dynamics of the current situation saying, `The most important thing is that we get information from Michelin and the other Yamaha riders with Tech 3. We need to test settings and parts ourselves, but the problem is that we have already missed the test at Le Mans. For the tyres it is not so bad, it is more for settings for Jorge, but we have no choice, we have to accept the situation.´

Pleased that Lorenzo should soon be allowed to leave the Institut Universitari Dexeus hospital in Barcelona, the rider having had successful surgery on his right hand and a another scan confirming that his concussion symptoms are improving rapidly, Forcada told on Monday, `Yes, he is ok now. I was with him today at the hospital and he is perfect.´

`They have just done a small operation on his fingers and now he can go home. Normally they would do one more test as a control before Donington, but it looks like things are ok and I don´t think there will be a problem.´

MotoGP, 2008, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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