MotoGP news: Jorge Lorenzo to miss Sepang test after surgery
What's the story?
Repsol Honda's rider Jorge Lorenzo will miss the upcoming MotoGP test at the Sepang International Circuit as he is yet to recover from the wrist surgery that he had undergone earlier this week.
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Earlier this week, Repsol Honda announced that the two-time MotoGP champion required a wrist surgery after having to sustain a fractured scaphoid in a training accident.
According to motogp.com, a titanium screw has been inserted via a non-invasive procedure that would require Lorenzo to rest for four days after a 24-hour stay in the hospital. Following the rest, the Spanish rider would require to undergo physiotherapy to become fully fit before the start of the next season.
The heart of the matter
As Jorge Lorenzo is still recovering from the operation, it has been announced that he would not be part of Repsol Honda during the Sepang test that will be held in February. However, both the manufacturer and the 31-year-old rider are hopeful that he could make it to the Qatar test in the latter half of February 2019, which would allow him to gather some valuable data regarding the functioning of his new machine.
Nevertheless, the Spaniard will make his debut in Honda's colours during the team's 2019 livery unveiling ceremony.
After announcing a shock move to the Repsol Honda team last season, Lorenzo would now be teaming up with with the current MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez for the upcoming season.
Despite the Spaniard missing the Sepang test, Lorenzo starting the opening race of 2019 MotoGP season in Repsol Honda's colours is a very strong possibility.
The 2019 Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing season will commence in March 2019 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.