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Bautista set for second operation on femur

Alvaro Bautista arrives in Madrid to receieve further medical attention on his broken femur.
Alvaro Bautista could be forced to undergo surgery on his fractured femur once again as he begins on the road to recovery following his accident during the Qatar Grand Prix weekend.

The Rizla Suzuki rider suffered a high-speed accident during the third free practice session at Losail, the Spaniard breaking his left femur.

Operated on at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Bautista suffered further complications with the drainage in his left leg following the insertion of a pin to fix his femur during the surgery. As such, an incision was made in his left thigh to relieve the pressure.

Transferred to the USP San Jose de Madrid, Bautista will be examined by Dr Villamor, where it will be determined whether he can be operated on again.

A recovery schedule for Bautista is yet to be determined, with Dr Villamor set to give a press conference today (Thursday) to update on his physical condition.

With Suzuki forced to skip the opening round, it has already been confirmed that John Hopkins will stand-in for the Spaniard in Jerez. However, with following MotoGP events set to clash with Hopkins's British Superbike commitments, it remains to be seen who will stand-in on a longer-term basis.

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Josete Spain - Unregistered

March 24, 2011 12:33 PM

I hope a fast 100% recovery for our brave rider Alvaro Bautista but it is time to be realistic and if Hopper results in Jerez are good, I hope so, John should be the rider to replace Bautista til he is fully fit. Crescent Suzuki BSB sponsors would be delighted to appear partially in the MotoGP Suzuki livery, Samsung, etc... and maybe the 'problem' should be finding a replacement for Hopper in the BSB series. The goal for Hopper is being back in the MotoGP championship and circumstances have anticipated this despite it is going to be for a few races and maybe a full 2012 season in MotoGP with two Suzukis in the grid. Another comment should be if MotoGP teams should be a minimum of two riders, two bikes, compulsory, because it is sad to see such a poor MotoGP starting grid, and what is worse, not even a Suzuki bike on track. Suzuki team is a favourite team for many MotoGP fans worldwide, as a team, and we also need good performances to keep Suzuki rider heroes at highest level. Sheene

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