Lorenzo will still race in Japanese GP despite injury

Jorge Lorenzo is second in the championship standings, 14 points behind Valentino Rossi.

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Jorge Lorenzo suffered a sprained shoulder in a mini bike accident on Saturday.

Despite the injury, Lorenzo will still race in the Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi on Sunday.

The injury for the 28-year-old Spanish rider comes at a critical moment, as he finds himself 14 points behind Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi in the world championship standings, with four races left in the 2015 season.

Lorenzo has six wins, compared to Rossi’s four victories so far this season.

Rossi does have two second-place and seven third-place finishes on the year, while Lorenzo has only recorded one second-place and one third-place finish.

Marc Marquez is third in the standings, 79 points behind Rossi.