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Bautista discharged from hospital after surgery

Bautista discharged from hospital after surgery

Collarbone operation a success for 2008 250cc runner-up.

A day after successful surgery on his fractured collarbone, Alvaro Bautista was discharged from hospital on Tuesday morning. The Spaniard had injured himself on Sunday afternoon at the lower cylinder category testing visit to Valencia, and required an immediate operation after analysis at the USP San Jose facility in Madrid.

Doctor Angel Villamor carried out the procedure on Monday, inserting a titanium plate to hold the Aspar rider’s collarbone in the correct position for healing. Aside from swelling, Bautista will experience no discomfort in his training, which he will resume before the removal of stitches ten days following the operation.

“I am happy with the way that the operation went,” said the rider following his departure from hospital. “Aside from the scar from the incision, I can move my arm freely and will just have to keep stretching to avoid atrophy and loss of flexibility.”

Bautista had previously been on sterling form in the week’s testing activities, working on the new electronic system of the Aprilia RSA. His performance, and those of his fellow riders in the Aspar squad, was a pleasing sign for the team’s Sporting Director, Gino Borsoi.

“The team looks very competitive, and things went particularly well in Jerez with Alvaro on top form in less-than-ideal weather conditions,” said Borsoi in Valencia.

“The new setting has made a big impression, and the new electronic system that we have been focusing on has given us no problems.”

Bautista’s injury is not expected to affect his existing testing schedule.

250cc, 2009

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