Five-time World Champion is being transferred to Groningen hospital after a heavy crash in FP1, declared unfit for the rest of the weekend.

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) will miss the remainder of the Motul TT Assen after the five-time World Champion fractured a vertebra in his fast FP1 crash at Turn 7.

15:00 – Michele Zasa, Clinica Mobile, speaking to MotoGP™ pitlane reporter Simon Crafar: “Jorge reported on the CT scan a fracture on the 6th thoracic vertebrae, so they are still deciding how to proceed. He will most probably fly back to Barcelona where he has his own trusted neurosurgeon to check on him, he will probably also undergo further checks, specifically an MRI, but this is still a phase when they are deciding what to do.

“For sure he’s unfit, for the moment, there is this reported fracture on the 6th thoracic vertebra, no neurological signs, this is important to say. He moves everything and doesn’t have any neurological signs. Now we will see how to proceed for the next hour and what the treatment will be. The helmet has external signs like scratches but he didn’t lose consciousness, he was okay, not knocked out or concussed. So, the contusion was to the chest and the back.

14:50  Lorenzo confirmed to have fractured a verterbra in FP1 crash.

14:45 – Lorenzo will be moved to Barcelona this afternoon for further checks to be conducted.

14:45 – MotoGP™ Medical Team’s Doctor Charte, whilst speaking to Spanish broadcaster DAZN: “Jorge is okay. He’s in a lot of pain and the problem we have now is that the capacity they have in Groningen to do an MRI is very limited due to the fact that their trauma centre is very crowded. In the CAT scan, that we did in Assen, now talks about a fracture to the sixth vertebrae. What can we do now? We’ll have to do an MRI to see if any more vertebrae are affected.” 

“Here they can’t do it, and so Jorge and the team have decided to move him to Barcelona to Doctor Cáceres, with whom I’ve now spoken, and they’ll do a resonance in the Hospital Universitari Dexeus Quirón and there they’ll see which path to follow. Our initial thoughts are that it won’t be surgery, but we can’t know until we have the MRI. He’s okay but in a lot of pain and unable to move. He’s certainly unfit for the rest of the weekend and he’ll go to Barcelona this afternoon.”

14:10 – Lorenzo is declared unfit for the remainder of the weekend.

14:00 – Lorenzo will miss FP2 as he continues to undergo medical checks in Assen hospital. It is reported by Spanish broadcaster DAZN that he has sustained a stable fracture of the T6 vertebrae and is now waiting to be moved to Groningen hospital for further checks.

11:15 – Lorenzo is transported to Assen hospital.

10:40 – Lorenzo is taken to the medical centre for a checkup.

10:35 – Lorenzo crashes at Turn 7 with five minutes remaining of FP1.

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