Jorge Lorenzo: “I Was Too Confident”

Cycle News Staff | June 27, 2013

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo blames himself for today’s crash at the Circuit van Drenthe in Assen, Holland, the defending World Champion saying that he may have been overconfident at the time of the accident that left him with a broken left collarbone.

“I think I was too confident,” Lorenzo said in a team release. “At the moment of the crash I was very fast and felt very strong, but maybe the conditions weren’t the perfect ones to have this high confidence. I entered the corner faster than the previous lap and I think touched a patch of water, or maybe aquaplaned which made the rear wheel light and touch onto the white line, making it a lot worse which is why I crashed. I flew and when I hit the ground I broke my collarbone. I don’t have anything negative with this circuit, just bad luck or, in this case, too much confidence. You must always be optimistic; things could be worse and I will try to recover as soon as possible.”

Lorenzo led this morning’s dry practice session before his crash in the rain-soaked second session. He is headed to Barcelona, Spain, via a chartered private jet, where he will undergo surgery in the next few days.