Less than two weeks later, another high speed crash in practice at the Sachsenring GP caused damage to the titanium plate. The Spaniard withdrew from the race and flew back to his home city of Barcelona for surgery, where a new plate was inserted with 11 screws and a bone implant.
After the surgery
Lorenzo said on Twitter
that he would miss Laguna and return at the Indianapolis round on 16-18 August.
Lorenzo said: "At the beginning I seriously thought that it might have been convenient to take the necessary time to recover and be back at Indy (Indianapolis) but in the last two days I have felt much better."
Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who led the series ahead of the Sachsenring race, crashed on the second day of practice, fracturing his collarbone. He also pulled out of that race but he is expected to race at Laguna Seca.
Pedrosa and Lorenzo's absence allowed Marquez to take the championship lead by two points after his taking second win of the season. The top five in the championship, including Briton's Cal Crutchlow and seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, are separated by 37 points.
United States Grand Prix
Venue: Laguna Seca, California
Friday 19 July: 1820 - 1915 BST: Practice live on Connected TV & Online; 2200 - 2255 BST: Practice live on Connected TV & Online
Saturday 20 July: 1820 - 1915 BST: Practice live on Connected TV & Online; 2125 - 2200 BST: Practice live on Connected TV & Online; 2200 - 2305 BST: Qualifying live on Red Button, Connected TV & Online
Sunday 21 July: 2200 - 22300 BST: Race live on BBC Two, BBC Two HD and online
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