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Update: Bautista has successful surgery on left femur

Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista suffered a broken left femur from a fast crash in the closing stages of Friday's third practice session in Qatar. The accident immediately ended his participation in this weekend’s season opener.

Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista is recovering in the Hamad Medical Corporation Hospital in Doha, Losail after a successful operation to repair his broken left femur.

Bautista crashed during yesterday’s final practice session and was immediately taken to the hospital after preliminary tests at the track showed that he had fractured his thigh bone. He spent a fairly comfortable – but painful - night in the hospital, before going for surgery this morning to re-align and pin the bone. He will be returning to Madrid as soon as his condition is stable enough to allow him to travel and will be immediately visiting renowned surgeon Dr. Angel Villamor to set about the first steps of his recuperation.

MotoGP, 2011, Alvaro Bautista

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