Repsol Honda announced that Jorge Lorenzo will not make his MotoGP return after the summer break as Stefan Bradl will continue to fill in for him.
Lorenzo suffered a heavy crash at Assen during the Dutch GP, where he fractured his T6 and T8 vertebrae and subsequently missed the German GP round at Sachsenring. He was replaced by reserve rider Bradl, who finished 10th in his second MotoGP outing of 2019.
The idea was for Lorenzo to have his MotoGP return post the summer break on August 2-4 at Brno for the Czech GP, but a latest statement from Honda has pushed his comeback to a later date on August 23-25 for the British GP at Silverstone circuit.
The Spaniard will not only miss the Brno round but also the Austrian GP at Red Bull Ring on August 9-11, with Honda continuing with Bradl on the second RC213V alongside Marc Marquez. The German was scheduled for a wildcard at Brno but will fill in for Lorenzo.
The statement from Honda added: “Jorge Lorenzo and the Repsol Honda Team have agreed it is best for Lorenzo to miss both the Czech and Austrian rounds to continue his recovery and avoid any further risk of injury.
“Having spent the summer break working on his recovery, Lorenzo’s condition has improved but he is still in some pain and his movement on a bike remains restricted. Silverstone has been set as his new objective for returning to riding for the Repsol Honda Team.”
Medical check ✔️ pic.twitter.com/AUhoEFd1U7
— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) July 17, 2019
— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) July 6, 2019
Back home. Time to recover. pic.twitter.com/It0C8CwRh2
— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) June 29, 2019