Update: At 1.30pm, Lorenzo was declared unfit for the rest of the weekend. He has fractured a vertebrae, is in a lot of pain and is being moved to Barcelona for a comprehensive MRI.
Repsol Honda’s Jorge Lorenzo has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks after a whopping crash during the opening MotoGP free practice at Assen.
Lorenzo lost the front at Ruskenhoek and his RC213V erupted into a skipful of parts as it cartwheeled through the gravel. Lorenzo looked dazed and confused as trackside medics attended to him.
Following a trip to the medical centre, the Spanish former champion was sent to Assen Hospital by MotoGP’s Doctor Charte.
“Jorge is now fine. He has had a high energy crash, he has fallen very badly,” said Dr Charte.
“When he got here, he was stunned, slightly disoriented and certainly very unstable. We have made the relevant checks, including the normal radiology, but I’m not fully satisfied.
So, we decided, even though there is no brain injury, to do an MRI scan of the spine and a CT scan from the thorax to the abdomen.
“The greatest concern is the pain that he says is the most intense in the torso-lumbar area. It is an area already punished by the crash in Catalonia.”