Injured MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo
has arrived back at Assen and will undergo medical checks on Saturday morning to determine if he is fit to make a shock return for the race.
Lorenzo broke his collarbone on Thursday afternoon, flew to Barcelona for surgery in the early hours of Friday - when a titanium plate and eight screws were inserted to stabilise the "displaced, complex fracture" - then arrived back in Holland this evening.
Yamaha initially claimed that Lorenzo wanted to "spend the remainder of the Grand Prix weekend with his team" but have now confirmed that the Spaniard will try and ride if possible to do so.
“Lorenzo is in positive mood following the operation but is understandably tired after an exhaustive day so will now rest before attending a medical check tomorrow morning to be cleared for the MotoGP Warm Up session,” read the latest Yamaha statement, on Friday evening.
“Should he be cleared to ride he will then attend a further medical check following the session along with a team consultation before making a decision on whether to participate in the afternoon's race.
“A further update will be released following tomorrow morning's medical check to confirm Lorenzo's participation in the MotoGP Warm Up session.”
Should he be passed fit to race, Lorenzo - who is just seven points behind Dani Pedrosa
in the 2013 Championship standings - would be able to start from twelfth on the grid, having been eligible for a place in Q2 due to his Thursday practice time.
Pedrosa, who fell without harm in qualifying, will start fifth on the grid.Be there! CLICK HERE to see ticket prices for the remaining rounds of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship from the Official MotoGP Ticket Store.