Bautista withdraws from French Grand Prix
22 May 2010 – Following his crash on Saturday morning at Le Mans Rizla Suzuki rider Álvaro Bautista has been forced to to withdraw from this weekend's French Grand Prix.
Bautista suffered from a big high-side on only the third lap of this morning's practice session He landed hard on the asphalt and sustained some more minor injuries, as well as aggravating the broken collarbone that he sustained only a week ago. Bautista was one of three riders to all crash on the same lap this morning, all caught out by the low track temperatures. He was treated by Dr. Costa's staff straight after the session and after careful consideration and discussions with the team, took the decision to abandon any further attempts to race this weekend.
Rizla Suzuki will not replace Bautista with another rider for the French Grand Prix, so the team will field a one-man attack as Loris Capirossi takes on the responsibility for the squad. Bautista will return to Spain for further treatment - as well as rest and recuperation - to make sure he is 100% fit for the next round of the season at Mugello in Italy in two weeks' time.
Bautista's team-mate Loris Capirossi also crashed this morning but got away with a bruised ankle.