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Bautista recovering quickly from collarbone injury

Bautista recovering quickly from collarbone injury

Three weeks after fracturing his collarbone in Valencia, Álvaro Bautista is almost fully recovered from the injury and is looking forward to the next 250cc test at Estoril in March.

Having had surgery on a fractured collarbone three weeks ago Álvaro Bautista is already on the finishing straight of his return to full fitness.

The Mapfre Aspar rider crashed on the second day of the second 250cc test of the year in Valencia at the beginning of this month suffering damage to his right collarbone, resulting in surgery the next day to place a supportive plate on the bone.

However, the former 125cc World Champion is bouncing straight back from the injury and has successfully recommenced his preparations for the forthcoming season, as one of the title favourites in the quarter litre class.

He explained, “I had to have a complete week of rest after the operation, not to recover from the surgery as such, but to make sure my stitches didn’t reopen. But I was still able to move my arm quite well and the doctor told me to keep it moving so that I didn’t lose mobility. The following week I was allowed back in the gym and this week they’ve taken all my stitches out, so I’m back training at the same rate I was before the crash.”

The next step on Bautista’s rehab trail will be to see how his fitness measures up by the time of the next 250cc test at Estoril in the middle of March.

“More than anything I just want to see how I feel on the bike in Portugal. Hopefully the injury won’t affect me and I’ll be back to 100%,” commented the Spaniard. “We want to get back the confidence and good feeling from the first test of the year at Jerez. If we can improve on the chassis and suspension side of things it would be perfect, but even just knowing that the collarbone is ok would be great.”

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