News 2 Sep 2019

Ongoing pain ends Misano testing early for Lorenzo

Spaniard completes just 21 laps in two-day test last week.

Image: Supplied.

Repsol Honda’s Jorge Lorenzo was forced to cut short two-days of testing at Misano as he continued to experience significant pain in his return from back injuries sustained in June.

The Spaniard returned to racing at Silverstone’s British grand prix, however only managed to complete 21 laps in the opening session of testing at the Italian venue last week.

Lorenzo elected to sit out the remainder of the test in order to improve his condition ahead of the Misano grand prix, scheduled on 15 September.

“Unfortunately I didn’t feel great and I had quite a lot of pain on the bike, even more than in Silverstone,” Lorenzo admitted. “We were able to make 20 laps in Silverstone and everyone was very pleased, but it took a lot of effort from me physically and I had some more inflammation and pain after the race.

“It improved a bit, but I am still hurting too much on the bike so we decided together with the team to finish the test early and to arrive at the Misano race in the best condition possible. Even with the limited running we were able to try some new parts like the chassis.”

Injuries during both the season and pre-season have prevented Lorenzo from taking part in valuable testing this year, contributing to his delayed progress with the RC213V.

Related