Jorge Lorenzo has confirmed he will participate in the final MotoGP pre-season test at Qatar in an attempt to make up for lost track time.
The Spaniard was forced to skip the recent Sepang test after a training accident four weeks ago left him with a broken bone in his right thumb, but while doubts were raised as to whether he would make it to Losail this week, he has now been given the all-clear by doctors.
A big relief for Lorenzo, who underwent physiotherapy to repair the muscle after the break, doctors revealed there is no risk to the bone from riding, although it remains to be seen whether he will be able to use the brake at full strength.
“Today we are leaving for Qatar for the last winter test,” said Lorenzo. “I think that it is important that we are there. The fracture happened less than five weeks ago, but we could not have missed this last test because it would have been negative for our preparation; we are not far from the first race of the season!
“The doctor has made a special carbon fibre protection and Dainese have modified my glove, in order to further protect the fracture, so we will see how we get on.”
Despite missing one of only three pre-season tests, Lorenzo's team manager Wilco Zeelenberg is confident his rider can hit the ground running in Qatar.
“We are happy that Jorge will be back for this last pre-season test at Qatar! Of course we have had to miss a whole test but we are confident that we can make up for lost time because the 2010 bike proved to be very competitive the first time we used it.
“We will have to wait to see how Jorge's hand feels when he starts riding, but we do not take anything for granted. Yamaha will give him all the support and time he needs to return to full strength.”