MotoGP » Alvaro Bautista breaks femur in Qatar crash


Suzuki's only MotoGP rider, Alvaro Bautista, breaks leg in practice crash for round one in Qatar. Will John Hopkins replace him?

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dan - Unregistered

March 18, 2011 11:30 PM

Brookes would be awesome and better than Crutchlow lol what rubbish.

Brookes couldnt even hold his own when he done a wildcard in wsbk at silverstone last year, and he even dominated the superstock motogp support races he done there a couple months earlier.

mikeebee

March 18, 2011 11:34 PM

As much as I would like to see Hopper go on the GSV-R, it's probably a good thing that he is nowhere near Qatar.

He has only had a few exhibition laps on a MotoGP bike in over 2 years. If he were to race, with only one practice and qualifying session left he would at best embarrass himself on the underperforming Suzuki, or at worse fall off and hurt himself trying not to finish last.

Give the guy some testing then bring him in for the next round.

python - Unregistered

March 18, 2011 11:56 PM

Too bad for AB, he seems to be a class act. Suzuki should use this opportunity to save themselves more embarrassment and not replace AB this season or ever. What's the point in making a halfhearted effort and getting thrashed every year? Focus on sbk where you hava a chance.

Don-R

March 18, 2011 11:57 PM

@ mikeebee

Yeah I agree it would be a big ask for Hopper to step in this late.

According to MCN's Matt Birt though Suzuki are still trying to get him over from San Diego in time to qualify.

Motojunky..

March 19, 2011 12:21 AM

Can't help but wonder if Bautista is heading along the same track as Vermuelan. Over riding bikes to make up for bikes shortcomings. Thus leading to accidents and injuries. Hope not. Get well soon and start looking for another team.

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