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Lorenzo set to miss Sepang Test after scaphoid surgery
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Lorenzo set to miss Sepang Test after scaphoid surgery

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.

Lorenzo set to miss Sepang Test after scaphoid surgery

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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.

Lorenzo set to miss Sepang Test after scaphoid surgery

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 body heal.

Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming 2019 MotoGP season with us.