Rizla Suzuki have just confirmed that Alvaro Bautista will not race in the Le Mans MotoGP this weekend.
Bautista suffered a highside in the second free practice session at Le Mans this morning and made his existing injury (a broken collarbone) worse.
Official Rizla Suzuki Press Release:
Álvaro Bautista has been forced to withdraw from the rest of this weekend’s proceedings at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans after a crash in practice caused him further injuries.
Bautista suffered from a big high-side on only the third lap of this morning’s practice session He landed hard on the asphalt and sustained some more minor injuries, as well as aggravating the broken collarbone that he sustained only a week ago. Bautista was one of three riders to all crash on the same lap this morning, all caught out by the low track temperatures. He was treated by Dr. Costa’s staff straight after the session and after careful consideration and discussions with the team, took the decision to abandon any further attempts to race this weekend.
Rizla Suzuki will not replace Bautista with another rider for the French Grand Prix, so the team will field a one-man attack as Loris Capirossi takes on the responsibility for the squad. Bautista will return to Spain for further treatment – as well as rest and recuperation – to make sure he is 100% fit for the next round of the season at Mugello in Italy in two weeks’ time.
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