Lorenzo set to miss Sepang Test after scaphoid surgery
January 21, 2019
It is proving to be a major injury laden start for Honda’s 2019 MotoGP outing. With Crutchlow and Marquez both recovering from their respective surgeries, HRC was already short of fit ‘staff’ for the upcoming 2019 Sepang MotoGP test. This is why it has been a rather strong blow for the team that their latest factory team hire, Jorge Lorenzo has suffered a scaphoid fracture during a training crash. Now as per the latest reports, Lorenzo has had a successful surgery but is set to miss the very important Sepang Test scheduled from February 6-8, 2019.
It is to be noted that 2019 HRC Team launch is to be held on
January 23 in Spain, in what will be Lorenzo’s first outing in Honda livery. This
one is rather special since it will be the 25th Anniversary Honda Team launch. However,
with the surgery, we aren’t sure if Lorenzo would be decked in the racing suit
or not. With the dates this close, skipping the test altogether seems like a
logical yet tough decision to get ready for the Qatar Test on February 23-24,
2019. Lorenzo is set to spend 24 hours at the hospital after his surgery which
saw him have titanium screws inserted through a minor invasive operation. Then
it is said that there will be a four day rest after which the physiotherapy
would begin. The surgery was undertaken by legendary Dr. Mir.
As already discussed, HRC finds itself in a fix after this
development since both Crutchlow and Marquez are still not yet 100 % yet. Lorenzo
missing the test also hinders his efforts to gel well with the RC213V that has
been known to be a rather tough beast to manage. For HRC, it means that they
will not be getting Lorenzo’s inputs for setting up the bike as per his liking
before the start of the season since the Qatar test set for late February is
just too close to the season opener.
There is also the fact that even though Honda still has a lot
of testing to do on the chassis and tyre saving part, especially at the front.
Luckily for them, Marquez was able to be comfortable with the new engine and
use a softer front tyre that has been an impossible race choice for HRC for
years now. Meaning both the Valencia and Jerez tests were fairly positive for
the team. Still, there is need to fine tune the bike while testing of
aerodynamic updates is also something extremely important.
One just wonders if the ghost that haunted Dani at the HRC
garage have expanded their zone of effectiveness since the Spaniard shifted to
KTM. However, Dani still suffers from that horrid luck though. He is also
suffering from a collar bone fracture that he suffered during testing the KTM
machine in a private test. He is currently being treated with a cutting edge
stem cell treatment since finally he has time to let is beaten and battered
Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming 2019 MotoGP
season with us.