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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March 19, 2011 9:21 AM

Get well soon Alvaro.

I had hoped to see Hopper get a ride but not this way. Slowzuki should have a two rider team in Motogp.

Maybe all that would achieve would be wrecking twice as many careers in a season of racing.

There are times when it seems to me that Suzuki expect to be no better than third behind Honda & Yamaha, so they limit themselves right from the start with this attitude???

Even years ago when Barry Sheene won Suzuki did not seem to put enough resources into the team.

Kenny Junior won a title for Suzuki, the year after Suzuki did less than enough and V.R. took the title... and the rest is history.

Vermeulen won a single race for Slowzuki. In Vermin's case he could also have had a better result at Laguna Seca. But Suzuki did not address a problem that they knew about (overheating) until after Chris V. put the Suzi on the front row and had led the race only to slip back later in the race due to fuel vaporization problems caused by too much heat.

Get well soon Seno

#46beware - Unregistered

March 19, 2011 9:25 AM

I am sure Rossi and Ducate will have taken note that rider excellence and input alone cannot make up for a bike that cannot or will not perform. All the best to AB.

just a guy - Unregistered

March 19, 2011 10:51 AM

Unfortunately something like this was bound to happen. They needed someone who had experience and knews how to set a bike to partner this young, talented, enthusiastic possible future alien. He just was overwhelmed with all the things needed to make it fast and smooth and overrode it.
Capirossi wasn't ever the man. Someone like Edwards or Checa etc, was required to mentor him. Irresponsible by Suzuki to not see this and risk such a talent.

motogpgrid toosmall - Unregistered

March 19, 2011 10:54 AM

Bad luck for AB, hope you heal quick.
This is a management and PR screw-up/disaster for Suzuki/Rizla/Crescent....
First you had the spare gloves fiasco which left the rider with arm pump and now the reserve rider has gone home!!
I have huge respect for these guys, but it must be embarrassing for them right now.

shamarone - Unregistered

March 19, 2011 1:21 PM

i'll say it again, for it bears repeating... "suzuki is not in motogp for the winning... never have been". my guess/hope is now that their 2 golden geese in america have flown the proverbial coup (ie. mladin/spies), they may get the "crazy idea" to start investing back in europe with batta and denning...? at this point, there are worst things they could do than to just scrap the motogp project in it's entirety. from 2012 they should just be a CRT/Moto1 effort. the new rules could be their saving grace. i mean, it's not like they are clueless on how to build winning motorcycles...?

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