MotoGP rookie Alvaro Bautista could miss the remainder of this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix due to a suspected back injury sustained in Saturday morning practice at Brno.

The Rizla Suzuki rider, who missed the Le Mans race (round three) due to a fractured collarbone sustained on a motocross bike, hurt his L1 vertebra in a fall midway through the misty morning practice.

Initially taken to the circuit medical centre on a stretcher, the Spaniard was then transferred to Brno hospital for further checks.

Although no statement from Suzuki has been issued, the official MotoGP website claims that Bautista "will not be fit to race on Sunday."

UPDATE: MotoGP.com has now edited its story to read "Subsequent X-rays confirmed there was no fracture to his L1 vertebra, and the Spaniard will undergo a further medical check on Sunday morning to determine whether he can participate in the race."

Suzuki is still to comment.

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