MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista Breaks Shoulder

Crash & Injury

Rizla Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista fractured his collar bone during a motocross training accident Thursday while preparing for next week’s MotoGP French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
The Spaniard had a short surgery today, receiving a plate in his shoulder to repair what doctors call a simple break in the clavicle bone.

According to Rizla Suzuki, Bautista’s medical team is confident that the 25-year-old will ride at Le Mans next week, although it may be with some pain and restricted movement.

Rizla Suzuki also said Bautista himself is sure that he will be ready for the French Grand Prix, and 100-percent focused on competing at Le Mans.

Bautista DNF’d in Qatar, and finished in 10th at Jerez. After two of 18 rounds, he sits in 16th place in the championship with six points.

This is not the first training accident to affect riders this year. Two of the fastest riders, Fiat Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, both sustained injuries while training on motocross tracks.

Nine-time World Champion Rossi didn’t break anything, but badly bruised his shoulder while training in Italy after Round 1 in Qatar, which he won.

The cancellation of Round 2 in Motegi proved lucky for the defending champion, but the Italian was reportedly in pain while competing at Jerez.

His teammate and 2009 MotoGP Championship runner-up Lorenzo broke his thumb during a motocross training accident in his native Spain during the pre-season.

Due to his injuries, Lorenzo missed the second round of pre-season testing in Spain.