Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista plans to make a remarkable return to racing this weekend at Estoril in Portugal — just 42 days after breaking his femur while practicing for the opening round at Qatar. The MotoGP rider has been undergoing extensive therapy, including numerous trips to a hyperbaric chamber.
I remember when a rider would miss a minimum of six months if he broke his femur. This was true even if he had the femur supported by a steel rod during surgery. Sometimes, a femur break ended your career.
I know that physical therapy techniques, and the use of a hyperbaric chamber, have accelerated the healing process, but it is still difficult to believe that Bautista can race this soon. Suzuki plans to have Nobuatsu Aoki on hand to take over for Bautista if he falters this weekend.