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Bautista determined to ride through the pain

Bautista determined to ride through the pain

The MotoGP rookie hopes to be fit enough to ride in Sunday’s race at Le Mans after his operation on a broken collarbone. His Rizla Suzuki team-mate Loris Capirossi is also keen to get back on track after a three-week interval between races.

Rizla Suzuki riders Álvaro Bautista and Loris Capirossi head to the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France this weekend in very different physical shape, but with the same resolute aim of improving their personal records at the Le Mans circuit.

Bautista heads to the French track still recovering from an operation on a broken collarbone which he sustained in a motocross training accident last week, and the Spaniard’s keenness to continue collecting Championship points in his debut premier class season means he is intent on riding at the third round.

“Unfortunately for me I had a small accident last week and broke a bone in my shoulder. It has been repaired and although it is quite painful I am totally focused on the weekend ahead,” said Bautista.

“Le Mans is not one of my favourite tracks and it is the only one that I have not had a podium at, so it would be great to change that as soon as possible! I was on pole there in 2009 (in the 250cc class), but only finished fourth, so I need to try and break that record.”

The fact that he will be riding through the pain barrier has not done anything to lessen Bautista’s ambitions ahead of the race. He continued: “I was 10th at Jerez and although I was top rookie I still want to do better. I didn’t get a very good start in Spain and I have to work on that, I did some practice in the Test so I hope I will be able to improve in time for the race. The most important thing is just to ride the bike, and I will do my best.”

Capirossi placed on the podium at Le Mans in 2006 and has never finished outside the top 10 at the track when he has finished a race there. The Italian is also extremely eager to get back racing.

“It’s amazing to think we’re almost in June and we’ve only had two races,” said Capirossi. “With such little action it is difficult to judge where we are at the moment, but the one-day Test after the last race in Jerez was very good for us and we made some positive steps.”

“Le Mans is always a gamble because you never know what weather to expect, so we will need to be ready for anything. One thing is for sure, I am ready to get back to work and excited about the prospects we have ahead – and I hope Alvaro is ready to ride, he is improving all the time and we need two strong riders.”

MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Loris Capirossi, Alvaro Bautista, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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