Alvaro Bautista sat back on a (stationary) Rizla Suzuki during his visit to the team at last weekend's Jerez MotoGP round, but there is still no word on when the injured Spaniard will try and make a track return.
Bautista, Suzuki's only full time rider in the 2011 world championship, broke his left femur during practice for the first round in Qatar on March 18.
The #19 is now undergoing an intensive recovery programme back in Madrid, including the use of a hyperbaric chamber to increase the oxygen flow in his body to aid the healing of his injury.
“It was strange for me at Jerez last weekend, because I was at the race, but not in the race!” said Bautista. “Once I saw the bikes on Saturday sitting in the garage, I just had to try and sit on one of them. I tried very slowly to get on the seat, which was a bit difficult, but once I was on there the feeling was not too bad.
“The most difficult thing was getting on and off, but it was good for me to try because now I know which parts of my leg I have to work on to improve my flexibility and strength to be able to ride - it was a good test for me to find this out!
“The healing is coming along very well, my doctor says it is very quick, but for me it already seems too slow. The movement is almost normal and the inflammation is coming down, so I think the over the next week I will be a lot better than I am now and will be able to start training so that I can get racing again very soon.”
Bautista was replaced by John Hopkins at Jerez. The American finished tenth in the wet race but won't be available for the third round of the championship, at Estoril from April 29-May 1, due to his BSB commitments.
2011 is Bautista's second season in MotoGP.
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