Alvaro Bautista Breaks Collarbone, Will Try To Race

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.

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No more MX bikes or minibikes. Why do the manufacturers let these guys "train" in between rounds?

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Looks like bautista finally got a break. If this isn't a message to concentrate on your profession, and leave the play bikes in the garage, then enjoy your only year in GP.

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I wonder if he was trying to pull a wheelie at the time. zing!

...and there was Nicky's foot thing from the xgames a couple of years ago, and that time Vale fell of his coffee table or something such ;)

Hard to blame them with all these competition nerfing, money focused limits on practice time with the 'real' bikes.

I don't know how they can be expected to be at the top of their game without any real seat time. Of course an MX bike has nothing to do with a GP bike, but it's better then Playstation to keep you sharp.

If they are going to ban anything i'd suggest swimming with your leathers and helmet on would be a good start!

You voted 2. Total votes: 54