Alvaro Bautista has withdrawn from the rest of the French MotoGP weekend after his accident in morning practice.
Bautista, who broke his collarbone on a motocross bike just over a week ago, suffered a big highside on only the third lap. The Rizla Suzuki rookie landed hard on the asphalt and sustained some more minor injuries, as well as aggravating the recent collarbone injury.
“It is not a good way to say bye-bye to a MotoGP race!"said Bautista. "This morning I had an injection to help with the pain and for two laps the feeling was a little bit better, not a big difference, but better. Then I crashed and I don't really know why because I was not going very fast and I just lost the rear tyre.
"After that I felt more pain down my left side and I decided not to race here and make sure I make a full recovery for the next race. In the future we have lots of races together so it is better to be 100% in all of them, than be 50% or less in one!”
“It is a great disappointment not to have Álvaro competing for the rest of the weekend, but in the end the team and the medical staff at the track had to advise him to sit out and let the relatively minor injuries he has heal in time for Mugello," added team manager Paul Denning.
"The combination of injuries would have significantly compromised his safety and possibly that of other riders. He's disappointed, but we are now guaranteed that he'll be fit and strong for Mugello and we'll be looking forward to him building on his strong Jerez race performance."
Bautista was one of three riders to all crash on the same lap this morning, the others being Ben Spies and Mika Kallio. Spies bruised his left foot while Kallio bruised his left shoulder. Both were able to continue, although Kallio qualified 16th and last.
Suzuki will not replace Bautista, leaving Capirossi as the team's only rider for the rest of the weekend. Capirossi qualified in ninth place.