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9 days ago
By Repsol Media

Puig vows Lorenzo "will fight to be back" for Czech GP

Repsol Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig is confident the number 99 will be back on a MotoGP™ grid after the summer break

Repsol Honda Team and HRC, in general, enjoyed quite the weekend in Germany with Marc Marquez completing a decade of dominance at the Sachsenring, plus LCR Honda Castrol's Cal Crutchlow clinched a second podium of the season and test rider Stefan Bradl snuck into the top ten at his home round. Unsurprisingly then, Repsol Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig thought "the Sachsenring weekend was definitely positive". 

However, there was obviously one man missing from the Repsol Honda garage as Jorge Lorenzo continued to recover from the injuries he sustained in a high-speed crash at the Dutch TT. Puig, though, is confident the five-time World Champion will be back following a speedy recovery and the number 99 will be back on-track in Brno.

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"About Jorge Lorenzo, we wish that Jorge has a good and speedy recovery and can join us in Brno. The team is waiting for him. Surely, recovering from his injury is not an easy task, but we know that in his heart he is a champion and he will fight to be back in good shape and with renewed motivation."

Meanwhile, the summer break offers a chance for the whole of the Honda crew to refresh and restart in the second half of the season, with Puig already drilling into the team that one slip of concentration or one moment of complacency can quickly change the dynamic of the MotoGP™ World Championship. 

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"We always look to the future and continue to work towards it. Now, during the summer break, we will certainly think where we can still improve, bearing in mind the same objective for Brno, that is winning the race. This is always our target. We have to go to Brno pretending that we have 0 points of advantage. For sure, the rider and the engineers in Japan now will have time to relax a little and recharge their batteries to be ready and focused for the next race and the rest of the season."

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