MotoGP: Bautista Breaks Leg in Qatar

John Hopkins likely candidate as injury replacement

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 18, 2011
Rizla Suzuki racer Alvaro Bautista has broken his left femur in a high-speed crash during a practice session at the MotoGP season opener in Qatar.

Bautista high-sided at turn 15 at the Losail circuit in Doha, Qatar, near the end of the third practice session. Staff of the Clinica Mobile diagnosed a broken left femur. Bautista was taken immediately to the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha for further testing.

Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki

Rizla Suzuki has not announced whether it will withdraw from the Grand Prix of Qatar, as Bautista is team’s only rider. American racer John Hopkins races for Rizla Suzuki team manager Paul Denning’s British Superbike team and recently rode the Suzuki GSV-R for a video shoot, making him a prime candidate as a replacement rider. Hopkins is reportedly in California and is unlikely to be able to make it to Qatar in time for the season opener but he may be called upon to race while Bautista recovers from the injury.

John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki