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MotoGP medical officials have given Álvaro Bautista the green light to return to racing in Portugal this weekend. The 26-year-old was deemed fit to race following extensive check-ups at the Estoril circuit, with the Suzuki rider having been examined by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sarmento.
Bautista was forced to skip his home Grand Prix at Jerez following a season-opening Qatar crash which broke his left femur (thigh bone) only 41 days ago.
“I am really pleased I have been given the ‘OK’ to ride, but I now I must see what it feels like to get on a MotoGP bike,” he said this afternoon. “I have done a bit of Supermotard riding and that felt good, but that is nothing like riding the GSV-R.
“I will see how things go in Friday practice and we will make a decision about the rest of the weekend after that.”
If Bautista is finally unable to race , Suzuki reserve rider Nobuatsu Aoki will step in.
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