MotoGP Argentina 2019: Jorge Lorenzo

MotoGP Argentina 2019: Jorge Lorenzo vows ‘extra’ caution as injury list grows worryingly long

Jorge Lorenzo cracked his ribs in Qatar during his first fall at the season opener.
Jorge Lorenzo cracked his ribs in Qatar during his first fall at the season opener.Source: AFP

Honda’s Jorge Lorenzo admits he will need to take “extra” cautious at the Argentine MotoGP as his injury problems continue to pile up after the season opener in Qatar three weeks ago.

The three-time world champion joined Honda at the end of last season already nursing two major injuries from the end of his time with Ducati before fracturing his left wrist in training while preparing for his debut with his new team.

He then crashed twice in Qatar during the first race weekend of the season, cracking his ribs in the first fall for yet another unwanted injury to add to his growing list.

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Unbelievable duel in Qatar

Unbelievable duel in Qata

As a result, Lorenzo insisted he would take more precaution in his riding in a bid to stay safe on his bike but admitted it was a tough compromise when you are trying to be aggressive and achieve the best possible result.

“For sure, I will try not to crash again,” Lorenzo said ahead of the second race of the season in Argentina this weekend. “Because I calculate one more race, two races to be completely fit.

“So it’s important, it’s very important not to crash again.

“I will need to take one extra margin of safety probably, but obviously I would like to get the best result possible, so it’s not easy to find the compromise.

Jorge Lorenzo is on painkillers as he tries to manage his body.
Jorge Lorenzo is on painkillers as he tries to manage his body.Source: AFP

“For sure the painkillers help a lot, but not all [pain was gone].

“About the wrist, I’m better than in Qatar. It’s quite long, the recovery, I still cannot do push-ups because the pressure I do inside the wrist, [it’s] still painful.

“But I guess on the bike I will feel better than in Qatar, [it] doesn’t disturb me so much on the bike.”