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Suzuki MotoGP: Bautista Fractures Femur

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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. will provide updated information about Bautista breaking his leg as soon as it’s released.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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