Jorge Lorenzo appears to be at loggerheads with Yamaha over his ride at Laguna Seca, with the Spanish rider seemingly unwilling to risk aggravating his shoulder injury.
Following Marc Márquez’s victory at Sachsenring yesterday, which put him in the lead for the Championship, Lorenzo is under pressure in the title race ahead of the round in California, which takes place this coming week.
The defending champion, who is now third in the standings, aggravated an existing shoulder injury in a high side crash in Germany and sat out the race at Sachsenring – as did title rival Dani Pedrosa.
But when asked yesterday about his appearance at Laguna Seca this coming weekend, Lorenzo seemed reluctant to commit to racing, posting on Twitter: “To the people asking me about Laguna, I would like to say that I don’t want to take more risk and have a good recovery. See you in Indy!”
However, Yamaha Racing has since claimed that no decision has been made on Lorenzo’s fitness, posting simply: “No decision has yet been made for Lorenzo’s participation in the Laguna Seca race.”
Pedrosa, who is nine points ahead of Lorenzo, is expected to race at Laguna Seca this weekend.