Jorge Lorenzo to miss Malaysian GP

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Monday 17th October, 2011 - 12:32pm

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Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo will miss MotoGP’s season finale in Malaysia after sustaining an injury to a finger in warm-up at Phillip Island yesterday.

After falling off his Yamaha, Lorenzo’s ring finger on his left hand was severed off. He underwent an operation in Melbourne last night which a Yamaha press release deemed a success, but it will not be healed in time to compete.

“Surgery to repair damage to Jorge Lorenzo’s finger in Melbourne this evening has been successful,” the Yamaha statement read.

“The surgeon was able to save the nerves and tendons of the injured fourth finger, as a result no functionality will be lost in either the finger or the hand.

“Unfortunately an extended recovery time will be required so Jorge will not race in Sepang for the Malaysian Grand Prix. A decision on the Valencia Grand Prix will be made dependent on Jorge’s condition after his return to Barcelona.”

The news also means that Lorenzo is likely to miss the post-season Sepang test where Yamaha plans to run its new 2012 1000cc bike.

Lorenzo’s title rival Casey Stoner wraped up the 2011 MotoGP crown yesterday, winning his fifth-straight Island race. It is Stoner’s second world title.

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