Jorge Lorenzo has insisted that the hand injury he sustained on Friday will not affect his ability to race on Sunday.
Lorenzo was lucky to escape with a sprained right ankle and a bruised hand and wrist after crashing on Turn 11, which is more commonly known as ‘The Waterfall’, when rain began falling in the first free practice.
Having suffered a huge crash, the reigning MotoGP champion was cautious heading into the second free practice session and could only muster up a time that put him in 16th place overall.
The Movistar Yamaha rider admitted that he struggled to generate heat in his front tyre due to the wet and slippery conditions.
“It looks like these are very cold and slippery conditions and you have to be very careful with the tyres,” he told reporters. “This morning I had a crash going downhill so to be honest I didn’t get good confidence in any of the corners of the track and I felt really slow. All the Yamahas are struggling at the moment in these conditions and I’m the slowest one, so let’s see if we can improve our speed.”
Despite enduring a harrowing day, which included him paying a visit to the Clinica Mobile, Lorenzo made it clear that he sees no reason why he won’t be fit to race on Sunday.
“My physical condition after the crash is OK and will not be a problem for Sunday,” he said.