Bautista’s Suzuki Blog: I can’t wait to be pushing hard again
It’s been Alvaro Bautista’s turn again for the official Suzuki Racing Blog where he describes his comeback from injury when he expects to be at 100% again.
It was great to be back on the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R in Portugal, but there were a couple of times when I was in the hospital in Qatar that I wondered if I would make it! When I knew the seriousness of the break I immediately set myself a target that I wanted to ride at Estoril; that was a huge target but one I knew I had to set so I could focus on getting back. After my operation I had a couple of complications and that’s when I wondered if I’d get back in time, but I flew back to Spain and got everything sorted and was able to start recuperating properly.
Once the healing of my wound was underway – I lead the World Championship in stitches so far this year! – I was able to start visiting a hyperbaric chamber in Madrid to help me even more. I travelled there from my home in Talavera many times. I think I did something like 4,500 kilometres going there and back and by the time I had finished all the trips, my Suzuki Kizashi car could have done the journey alone!
My healing process was a great success and then I was able start to get my fitness back so I could ride at Estoril. I did a lot of swimming and cycling, and as the event got closer I was able to ride my Suzuki RM-Z Supermoto bike to help me get the feel of a bike again and although this is not like riding a 225bhp MotoGP bike, it did help a lot.
All my hard work paid off because I was given the ok by my surgeon in Madrid to ride and then when I arrived at the track I had another check-up with the Chief Medical Officer and I was given the ok to get back out there and race: His one rule was that I couldn’t use my crutch inside the garage or he’d come in and take it off me and stop me riding – so I had to hide it out the back because I still needed it for a bit of support!
The weekend went as well as I wanted it to – except for what happened in the race when I got pushed off the track – and now I have a couple of weeks ahead of me to get even fitter for the next race at Le Mans in the middle of May. My next target is to be fully-fit for my ‘home’ Grand Prix in Barcelona in early June and try to improve on the fifth place I got there last year.
My thanks go out to all the fans that supported me and sent me well wishes on Twitter – it was great to know I had so much support. I also have to thank the Suzuki MotoGP and all the medical staff for believing in me and giving me all the help I needed to get back on time. There are still many races left this year and I can’t wait to be pushing hard again very soon.
Source: Suzuki Racing