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Lorenzo confirmed with shoulder, ankle injuries.

Jorge Lorenzo's shoulder and ankle injuries sustained during a huge end-of-qualifying highside at Laguna Seca have been confirmed after medical tests in Barcelona.

The Fiat Yamaha star was launched from his M1 while trying to protect pole position for the US Grand Prix, landing heavily on his right shoulder before tumbling through the gravel.

The initial diagnosis by the Clinica Mobile has proven accurate, with Lorenzo having sustained a 'Acromial Clavicular Separation' to his right collarbone, plus a fractured bone in his right foot.

Amazingly, Lorenzo overcame the pain and weakness resulting from his injuries and fought his way forward from eighth on lap one of the race to challenge team-mate and world champion Valentino Rossi for second position in the closing stages.

But the 22-year-old's overtaking attempt went wrong and Rossi was able to slip away, although Lorenzo - a double 2009 race winner - was only 1.582sec behind the Italian, and 1.926sec from race winner Dani Pedrosa, at the chequered flag.

Lorenzo's brave ride means his is just nine points behind Rossi after eight of 17 rounds, the next of which takes place in Germany on July 19.

The British Grand Prix is just one week later, but is followed by the MotoGP summer break, when - barring any further injuries - Lorenzo will have a chance to get fully fit again before Brno on August 16.

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Francisco46 - Unregistered

July 09, 2009 6:04 PM

Lorenzo is completely over rated. He his only fast because he rides the best bike that was developed by Vale and even copies all his settings. Without Vale in the team to set the bike up for him then Lorenzo would not have anything like the same success. Lorenzo also over exaggerates his injuries just to make him look braver than what he really is, while Pedrosa just quietly gets on with the job without all the drama. To mention Lorenzo in the same breath as the great Vale is blasphemy. When Vale retires then Lorenzo will not have a clue and will fade away...

Joe Blow - Unregistered

July 09, 2009 1:13 PM

I've always been a Rossi fan, but I can't help but really like Jorge. the kid is a MAN. Maybe the most talented rider in the world. It seems to me he's just a little bit faster than Rossi, but rossi is just a little bit cleverer. I love Lorenzo's attitude too. Never makes excuses. Rides thru injuries that would have me screaming for my mommy. the kid is really special and will win multiple GP championships before it's done.

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