The 17-rider MotoGP grid will be lacking its only Suzuki rider this weekend at the Losail International Circuit, Qatar.
Rizla Suzuki GSV-R’s sole rider, Alvaro Bautista, broke his left femur after a high-side at Turn 15. This immediately ended the Spaniard’s participation in Sunday’s opening round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
Rizla Suzuki did not report if a substitute rider would be in place for Sunday’s race, or when Bautista will return. John "Hopper" Hopkins is slated as a back-up rider for Bautista, but nothing has been confirmed if the American will pilot the GSV-R at Qatar.
Rizla Suzuki reports after high-siding, Bautista was in major discomfort. He was taken to the on-track medical facility, where he was examined by members of the Clincia Mobile.
After having some x-rays taken, Bautista was diagnosed with a fractured left femur, which will need to be surgically pinned.
Rizla Suzuki says: "Bautista was immediately taken to the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha for further tests, before a decision will be taken whether to operate in Qatar or for him to return to Spain."
In Free Practice 1 Thursday, Bautista had some issues with pain in his right arm (due to new gloves), finishing 16th. In Free Practice 2 earlier today (Friday), Bautista finished 14th.
UltimateMotorCycling.com will provide updated information about Bautista breaking his leg as soon as it’s released.