A training accident has claimed yet another victim in the 2010 MotoGP season, with Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista the latest rider to suffer injury. Bautista fell during motocross training on Thursday, fracturing a collarbone in the process. On Friday, the Spaniard underwent surgery to fix the problem, having a plate fitted on what surgeons described as a clean fracture.
Bautista appears to have been lucky with the nature of the fracture. With the plate fitted, the team expects Bautista to be able to race at Le Mans, though, as the team press release puts it, with some pain and restricted movement. Finding a suitable replacement could have been tricky, though with the World Superbike teams on a hiatus next weekend, Alstare Suzuki rider and Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli would have been likely to get the nod, as Guintoli is both popular at home, and unlike his teammate Leon Haslam, not in the race for the WSBK title.
Bautista is the third rider to suffer injury problems this season. Jorge Lorenzo broke a bone in his thumb riding a small supermoto bike during the off season, while Valentino Rossi nearly dislocated a shoulder riding a motocross bike in his regular training quarry after the Qatar Grand Prix. No doubt this will once again ignite the discussion about whether riders should be training on motocross or supermoto bikes, and no doubt that riders will continue to do whatever they believe is necessary to keep them sharp and in shape to race.