Jorge Lorenzo fears another injury that could compromise life-long health. The pentacampione comes to terms with the subconscious: a question of 'chip'.
After the crowds at Eicma Jorge Lorenzo must also cash in on Carmelo Ezpeleta's harsh words. An invitation to step aside temporarily, at least until it is in great shape. The Assen accident not only caused an injury not just, but injured above all the morale and confidence of the champion. A series of accidents following the Aragon race in 2018 put his career at risk, the last final blow in the Netherlands hit the backbone without causing irreparable damage. But another bad fall could seriously endanger his health. Why then risk for a bike that has never fulfilled its needs, designed moreover for his colleague and rival Marc Marquez?
Before Assen the gap from the winner ranged from 14 to 20 seconds, from the return to Silverstone the gap is between 34 and 66 seconds. In Valencia the last stage of a painful via crucis will be staged, 48 hours later it will be possible to start exploring the future. If it is true that the Honda leaders have promised it a smoother RC213V 2020, we must not forget that it will always be the reigning champion to dictate the evolution. It remains to be seen how large the concessions on the engine will be. But above all Jorge Lorenzo needs to rest, to return to 100% of the physical form. "I still feel pain, even when I lift weights in the gym. Until I feel good and feel no pain, my subconscious will not change the chip that tells me: okay, now I feel normal again, now I can push".
We will be able to see a rider again at the limit not before next February, when he will ride the semi-definitive version of the 2020 bike. Until then, the fear of a dangerous injury will prevail, which leads him to run on average 2 ″ slower than the best. Health is priceless, right now is the priority, fear is 90. "The feeling of being 100% will allow me to risk more and I will be able to train more in the gym. So I'll get to the track with a physique in better condition."