Alvaro Bautista was hoping to be fit enough to race MotoGP at Le Mans, despite breaking his clavicle bone in a motocross training accident during the preceding week.
He underwent a successful hour-long operation and his surgeons gave him the go-ahead to race in France.
While at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans, Bautista was forced to withdraw from the rest of this weekend’s motorcycle racing proceedings after a big crash in practice caused him further injuries.
Bautista high sided on only the third lap of the second practice session. He landed hard on the asphalt and sustained some more minor injuries, as well as aggravating the broken collarbone that he sustained only a week ago.
He was treated by Dr. Costa’s staff straight after the session and after careful consideration the decision was made to abandon any further attempts to race that weekend.
Since, Bautista has been back in Spain recovering and trying to get healthy for the next round in Mugello.
Alvaro Bautista says: "I am feeling stronger everyday and will soon be able to train properly to get ready for the next race."
"The operation went very well after the motocross crash and I thought I would be able to race at Le Mans, but MotoGP bikes are very demanding machines to ride and the pain on Friday afternoon was really bad. So, I had a pain-killing injection for Saturday morning and everything felt much easier."
"Unfortunately, I then had the biggest high-side you can imagine and had to retire from the weekend. I didn’t really do any extra damage to my shoulder – luckily – but I did aggravate some bruising around my ribs and hurt my back a bit, which made it hard to breathe properly, so it was better for me to go home than try to race and make it worse."
"This was not the start I wanted for my Suzuki and MotoGP career: I have actually done more blogs for the site now than I have finished races, but I am determined to put that right soon. We go to Mugello next week which is a great track and a fantastic atmosphere. I am sure Loris will be fired up for there and I hope he can get a bit a good luck after what happened to him at Le Mans."
"Then we go to Barcelona which is a very special place for all the Spanish riders because you can feel every fan pushing you and wanting you to go fast, so it is a very good feeling to be there. I’ve won there before and the emotion of crossing the line first in a home GP is like no other."