PETALING JAYA: The first official pre-season MotoGP testing at Sepang International Circuit from Feb 6-8 will go on without Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.
Lorenzo has a good following among Malaysian MotoGP fans but they will be disappointed as he has been ruled out after breaking a bone in his left wrist while doing dirt track in Italy three days ago.
He will be making his debut for Repsol Honda team as the new teammate to fellow Spaniard and reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez.
However, his pre-season plans have been disrupted because of the training crash.
“It was my first day riding the bike, riding dirt track in some Italian track. And yes, it happened very quickly, because of one mistake,” he said.
“The surface looked perfect, dry, but there was this mud and when I entered this zone, the front closed and I had a very stupid crash.
Lorenzo added surgery was necessary to repair damaged ligaments as he hurt the same wrist in a fall in Thailand last October.
“The pain in the wrist will be too much for me to take part in Sepang, which is less than two weeks away,” said Lorenzo, adding that he will focus his efforts on recovering for the MotoGP final preseason session in Qatar from Feb 23-25.
There will still be a lot to watch for Malaysian fans as Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah will make his first appearance at Sepang in a KTM bike for his second full season in MotoGP.
Malaysia’s first MotoGP team - Petronas Yamaha SRT - will also be out to make early impressions with riders Franco Morbidelli of Italy and Fabio Quartararo of France.