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GP Week : Issue 14
IT had to happen sooner or later. Finally, Jorge Lorenzo hurt himself badly enough to be unable to race. It happened on a crash-strewn first day of practice, on a tricky dampish track that Stoner said was “as slippery as diesel”. Being Lorenzo, he was pushing on hard, and fell hard. The worst derangement was not to his suffering limbs, however, but to his head. He suffered concussion, badly enough to require a brain scan. The next day, according his team’s bulletin, Jorge was able to remember the accident. He might remember it well enough to take it to heart. Or, then again, probably not. There is another leading rider whose first MotoGP season was punctuated by crashes – Casey Stoner. He equalled Randy de Puniet in 2006, with 17 recorded crashes over the year. And he too was ruled out of a race for concussion, in Germany, though he still disputes the validity. One thing is certain: crashing didn’t ever slow him down. And look what happened next. The similarity was strong enough for one brave journalist in a Press debrief to ask Stoner if he saw any similarity between Lorenzo’s progress and his own. Silly question, to any rider, especially this one. The sentence wasn’t even finished before Stoner snapped back: “No!” Lorenzo's headlong career 42