'I could have been badly hurt' - Lorenzo
13 October 2017 – Jorge Lorenzo expressed relief after escaping from a heavy collision with Cal Crutchlow during first practice at Motegi that he feels could have left him "badly hurt".
LCR Honda rider Crutchlow lost control of his bike on the approach to Turn 9 in wet conditions and slid into the side of Lorenzo's Ducati, sending both of them into the gravel.
Lorenzo was visibly shocked by the incident and shook his head as he walked behind the barriers, with both men remarkably avoiding any injuries.
"I was quite lucky because when Crutchlow's bike hit me and I crashed, I could have been badly hurt," said Lorenzo, reflecting on the incident.
"Luckily in the end, apart from a bang on the hand, it was nothing serious."
Crutchlow was also relieved that there were no injuries.
"I had an unfortunate incident with Jorge that was a difficult situation," he said.
"I'm glad that we are both okay after it."
Lorenzo was fourth fastest in FP2, with Crutchlow placing ninth.