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Jorge has extra load for 'Ring

2013-07-11 07:51


PLUCKY LORENZO: Jorge Lorenzo will be carrying extra weight in the 2013 German MotoGP - eight screws and a metal plate. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo hopes to be in better shape for the 2013 German GP than he was two weeks earlier in the Netherlands where he raced a day after having a broken collarbone surgically repaired.

Eight screws and a plate were used on the Spaniard's left collarbone during the operation for which he flew to Barcelona yet 38 hours later he rode to an astonishing fifth at Assen.

Lorenzo said in a Yamaha team preview ahead of Round 8 of the championship: "I still need time to fix the injury. I won't be 100% in Germany but I'm pretty confident I can have a good weekend. At least I've had almost 10 days to stay calm and improve my physical condition.


"It will be difficult to compete another time but for sure I will push even harder than in Holland."

The Sachsenring, near Chemnitz, is not one of the Alonso's favourite circuits but the anti-clockwise layout with its slower corners could make him slightly more comfortable on the bike. He has never won there but did finish second in each of the four previous GP's.

He is second in the points standings, nine behind Honda's Dani Pedrosa,

Team mate Valentino Rossi won at Assen, his first victory since 2010, and has won four MotoGP races at the Sachsenring.

"I'm going to Sachsenring with a new spirit," said the Italian who has 80 MotoGP wins. "I'm very happy for the Holland race. Now I want to keep it going like that."

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