Jorge Lorenzo, three-time MotoGP world champion, injured his left wrist during practice at a dirt track just outside of Verona, Italy. The incident took place a couple of days ago. After going through inspection the same day of the crash, it was found out that he broke his scaphoid bone and needed surgery.

According to Repsol Honda, ‘Lorenzo elected to have surgery’ which took place today (21st Jan 2019) and involved ‘a titanium screw inserted via a minimally invasive technique’. The injury of this kind is common in motorcycle racers but the problem is that this specific bone takes a lot of time to heal. And because of that, Lorenzo has to skip the Sepang test.

This is unfortunate news for both the Spaniard and Repsol Honda Team because Marc Marquez, the reigning MotoGP world champion, also had surgery during the end of 2018 and he’s recovering from that. And LCR’s Cal Crutchlow, too, is currently healing from his crash in the 2018 MotoGP season at Philip Island in October. This leaves only Takaaki Nakagami as a fully fit rider of the team.

After missing the upcoming Sepang test, Lorenzo will only have the second and final pre-season test that is scheduled for 23-25 Feb in Qatar. We hope that he recovers before that and get astride on his new race bike.