Jorge Lorenzo has travelled to California this week with a view to taking part in the US Grand Prix this weekend.
The defending champion, who missed Sunday’s race in Germany with a shoulder injury, was reportedly at loggerheads with Yamaha over this weekend’s Grand Prix with Lorenzo seemingly preferring to sit out and recover from the shoulder problem that he aggravated following the high-side during practice in Germany.
However, it was reported that Yamaha was pressuring the Spaniard following Marc Marquez’s victory in Germany, which put him at the top of the rider’s standings. The expected return of Dani Pedrosa, who also missed the round at Sachsenring, increased pressure on Lorenzo to race this weekend.
Yamaha has now confirmed that Lorenzo will at least travel to Laguna Seca, with a view to racing this weekend.
“Jorge Lorenzo will travel to Laguna to be with his team as he recovers from a second surgery to his injured collarbone following a free practice crash at last weekend’s German Grand Prix,” read a team statement.
“Finally we have decided to go to Laguna Seca,” Lorenzo added. “Following the final medical check and after speaking with Doctor Rodríguez, we are going to try. At the beginning I seriously thought that it might have been convenient to take the necessary time to recover and be back at Indy, but over the last two days I have felt much better so now I want to be there, although I will try to not take too many risks.
“I want to be there also for the fans, for the championship but especially for my team that is waiting for me. I want to thank everybody for all of the support I have received so far and I want to say ‘thank you’ to the doctors who took care of me after the crash at the Sachsenring, both at the Clinica Mobile and at the Hospital General de Catalunya, especially Doctors Rodríguez and Cots.”