Barbera out for maybe 6 weeks
OUT OF ACTION: Hector Barbera of the Ducati Pramac Racing team is expected to be out of the MotoGP championship for up to six weeks, while he recovers after breaking his leg in training.
Author: Alan Baldwin
BARCELONA, Spain - Spanish MotoGP rider Hector Barbera will miss the 2012 US MogoGP at Laguna Seca on july 29 after breaking his left leg and shinbone in a training accident on Saturday.
He is also likely to miss the 2012 Indianapolis race on August 19 but could be fit for the Czech Republic GP on August 26.
The Ducati Pramac Racing team said its sole rider had surgery in Barcelona on Sunday (July 22) to clean up the damage and insert a titanium plate and several screws to hold the bones together. He will be out of action for perhaps six weeks.
Surgeon Xavier Mir said: "We are confident that Hector will be able to leave the hospital in 48 hours and can begin light physical activity in seven days. We need to evaluate his progress but we can reasonably assume he will be able to run a race in four or six weeks, according to his feedback."
The injury came only a week after the rider secured his first front-row MotoGP start by qualifying third for the 2012 Italian MogoGP.
Barbera is 11th overall in the MotoGP World championship on 60 points.