Published on 22 Jul 2012 by Toni M.
Hector Barberaunderwent surgery today to fix his fractured left tibia and fibula in a training accident while he was riding a Honda CRF100.
The Spaniard who took his maiden front row start at Mugello just last week, had to have a titanium plate and screws inserted into his left leg and the surgery was performed by Dr. Xavier Mir at Barcelona’s Instituto Universitario USP Dexeus.
Dr. Mir has estimated that Barbera’s recovery period could be estimated between four to six weeks which will definitely rule him out of next week’s Laguna Seca round and the Indianapolis (August 19th) and Brno GPs (August 26th) could also be in doubt.
“The surgery had good results. We are confident that Héctor will be able to leave the hospital in 48 hours and can begin light physical activity in seven days. It is difficult to say how long the post surgery rehabilitation will take. We need to evaluate the progress of the patient, but I think that we can reasonably think that he will [be] able to run a race in 4 or 6 weeks, according to his feedback,” reported Dr. Mir.
“Doctor Mir and Doctor Jimeno have done a great job. I’m feeling quite good, still a dizzy from the anaesthesia, but it’s normal,” said Barbera talking from his hospital bed. “Obviously I’m disappointed about the incident. It happened in the worst period possible. I had a great feeling both with my bike and with my crew. In the last three races I was able to enjoy while I was riding and fighting with the Factory riders to achieve the best result possible. I could catch other brilliant results in the next round in Laguna Seca and Indy, but it’s life and now I have to think only about my injury and my rehabilitation.”
CEV Moto2 rider Kenny Noyes who currently races for PL Racing Moto2 was nominated Pramac Ducati’s replacement rider in case Barbera injured himself back in May, but it is unknown whether the team will call up the American or skip the first US round altogether as the team has three rounds before having to replace their rider.