Lorenzo ‘expected the worst’ in FP3 crash

Jorge Lorenzo thought he had suffered serious damage when he landed heavily after a horrific high-side in Saturday's third practice at Motegi.

The Yamaha rider was airlifted to a local hospital following the high-side, which saw him hit the dirt hard and needing to be stretchered off.

Despite fearing the worst, Lorenzo was given the all-clear in the scans and returned to the Motegi circuit in time for FP4.

"It’s been a long time since I had a crash like today – flying a lot of meters in the air with a bad landing," he told MotoGP.com.

"I was scared and expected the worst, especially my left leg, but it was just a warning.

"So we went to hospital as a precaution and then came back for FP4."

He added: "With the adrenaline and some painkillers in qualifying I forgot the pain."

Lorenzo later qualified his Yamaha on the front row for the Japanese MotoGP, securing third place behind Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez.

"I was much better than I thought and ready to fight for pole – but then the lap times from Rossi and Marquez were very strong, especially Rossi’s lap time following Viñales.

"I think we have good pace and a chance to fight for the victory."