By Stephen English

Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo defied his shoulder injuries to claim an 'unbelievable' sixth place in the US GP at Laguna Seca.

The Spaniard has required surgery on a broken collarbone twice in the last three events, yet only missed one race!

Related Articles

Having claimed a fifth at Assen, just days after the original break, Lorenzo admitted that his second miracle ride proved a tougher prospect on his weakened body.

The Yamaha star, whose bent collarbone plate had to be replaced last weekend in Germany, felt dizzy and light headed during the 32-lap American race, but the ten points he claimed could prove vital.

"We are still in the fight for the championship so I am very proud," said Lorenzo. "It was a difficult race because we were slower than the Hondas and I wasn't in a very good physical condition.

"I needed more air during the race and I felt light headed and dizzy during it. Two operations in one month and no training means that at this level what I did today was unbelievable."

Lorenzo has now fallen 26 points behind championship leader Marc Marquez and ten points from Dani Pedrosa, also struggling with a collarbone injury.

But with some vital recovery time now available due to the summer break - and nine more races remaining - Lorenzo continues to have his sights set on nothing less than a third premier class championship.

"If at Indianapolis I am in perfect conditions and can fight again for the victory. When you compare the situation with what could have been without crashing at Assen or Sachsenring... In the races that I should have been at home I came and got 21 points, so I am proud and happy with my results.

"I will work from now on to be in a position to win races and recover these points. I won't be 100% at Indy because the bone needs two months to recover, but I will be much better than here and I am also waiting for some improvements from the Yamaha so I am confident I can recover those points."

The Indianapolis round takes place from August 16-18.