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MotoGP: Bautista Leg Surgery Success

Bautista MotoGP Crash

After breaking his left femur at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, the sole Rizla Suzuki MotoGP rider Alvaro Bautista underwent successful surgery Saturday morning in the Hamad Medical Corporation Hospital, Doha.

During the operation, doctors re-aligned the Spaniard’s femur, inserting a pin into the bone, which is the largest in the human body.

Rizla Suzuki says: "(Bautista) will be returning to Madrid as soon as his condition is stable enough to allow him to travel and will be immediately visiting renowned surgeon Dr. Angel Villamor to set about the first steps of his recuperation."

Bautista, who pilots the sole Suzuki GSV-R on the 17-rider MotoGP grid, broke his leg during a high-side crash at Turn 15 in Free Practice 3 Friday. He complained of serious pain, and was taken to the on-track medical center, where he was diagnosed with a broken leg.

Bautista will miss this Sunday’s opening round in the 2011 MotoGP Championship, and Suzuki has not reported if the team’s substitute rider, John "Hopper" Hopkins, will substitute.

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 (Friday), he finished 14th.

UltimateMotorCycling.com 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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