Jorge Lorenzo sustained a broken left scaphoid whilst training on Sunday, the Majorcan then underwent successful surgery to repair the break yesterday but now faces a long wait before he can get back on a MotoGP bike again.

Lorenzo suffered a fall while motocrossing on a track just outside of Verona, Italy. After multiple checks, it was confirmed that the five-time world champion had sustained a broken scaphoid in his left wrist.

Surgery on the injury means a longer recovery time, but the break should heal stronger as a result. A titanium screw was inserted into the joint. Lorenzo will remain in hospital for 24 hours for further observation and after four days rest he can start physiotherapy.

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Due to the nature of the injury, Lorenzo and the Repsol Honda Team have chosen for the rider to miss the Sepang Test on February 6, to focus on his recovery.

Lorenzo says that he plans to return to the pre-season testing, fully fit, in time for the Qatar outing on February 23 to 25. He now heads to Madrid for the 25th Anniversary Repsol Honda Team launch on January 23 alongside Marc Márquez.

Tony Carter

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