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Álvaro Bautista has set his sights on making a racing return at Estoril in May, as the Spaniard continues to recover from a broken left femur which was sustained during the season-opening event in Qatar. American rider John Hopkins took the place of Bautista for the Rizla Suzuki squad at Jerez, but the 26-year-old is eager to get back on his bike for Round 3 of the championship.
"We've been looking at the X-rays they took of me this afternoon with Dr. Villamor and it appears that the bone is forming well and there's less risk of it not healing well," Bautista told the official MotoGP website.
"We've passed the first stage, and that means I should be able to start to push on little by little and start getting stronger in the leg, because I have lost a lot of strength and with less fear I can start to move the bone and regain full feeling. That'll mean I can start exercising with a little resistance and start to speed up the recuperation process to be as quick as possible."
"It's still not 100% certain, but the only thing on my mind is returning and my aim is to do that in Estoril although it'll be a decision for the medical team. They've told me that if I continue at this pace there is a good chance, but there is still a lot of hard work ahead if I want to get back to a suitable physical condition for MotoGP."
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
|Rizla Suzuki MotoGP|
|18 Nov '11||Suzuki pulls out but plans 2014 comeback|
|9 Nov '11||Bautista moves from Suzuki to Gresini for 2012|
|8 Nov '11||De Puniet tests for Suzuki in Valencia|
|4 Nov '11||Bautista quickest in wet afternoon practice|
|29 Sep '11||Hopkins returning to Suzuki for Malaysia|
|13 Nov '12||Bautista tops test as Rossi returns to Yamaha|
|27 Aug '12||Gresini hoping to retain Bautista|
|16 Dec '11||Pins removed from Bautista’s leg|
|13 Jul '11||Fitter Bautista excited about Sachsenring|
|4 May '11||Bautista upbeat despite continued pain|
|18 Jun||De Puniet buoyed by Suzuki test showing|
|18 Jun||Lorenzo fastest on Barcelona test day|
|17 Jun||Suzuki to make MotoGP return in 2015|
|17 Jun||I didn't expect to win, admits Lorenzo|
|16 Jun||Lorenzo takes win at Catalunya|
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