42 days ago Álvaro Bautista broke his left femur, had multiple operations to fix his broken leg, and things looked pretty grim. MotoGP riders are nothing if not ‘glass half-full’ types – and Bautista is no exception as he has announced that he is aiming to return MotoGP action this weekend at Estoril.
Bautista has to pass a medical first to ensure that he is fit to race, if not, then Suzuki factory test rider Nobuatsu Aoki will step in as his replacement. John Hopkins is tied-up with British Superbike duties now that the season has kicked off and is unable to act as stand-in rider this weekend.
Here is what Bautista had to say……..
“I have been working very hard to be back in time for Estoril and I believe I will be able to take part in the race. I know it will be difficult, but I think the sooner I can get on the bike the more it will aid my total recovery and help my way to full fitness. I have travelled over 4,500km with many journeys to the hyperbaric chamber in Madrid to assist with my healing – I have been there so many times I could close my eyes and go without problems! I have now finished the rehabilitation phase and started on the physical preparation; this involves a lot of swimming, cycling and other fitness programmes to build up the strength so I can ride again. It is going to be really tough, but I am totally focused on being on the GSV-R in Portugal, it’s all I can think about at the moment and that is my first goal. After that we’ll see what happens and take everything one step at a time.”
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