Pramac Press Release: Hector Barbera Facing 4 To 6 Week Recovery Period

Below is the press release issued by the Pramac Racing Team after Hector Barbera's surgery to fix the leg he injured in a training accident:


Today, the Pramac Racing Team rider Héctor Barberà has undergone successful surgery in Barcelona, Spain, to repair the fractured left tibia and fibula he suffered during a training incident two days ago.

The 25-year-old rider had a titanium plate and several screws inserted in the left leg. The operation has carried out by specialist surgeon Doctor Xavier Mir in cooperation with Doctor Eugenio Jimeno, leg surgery chief at the Instituto Universitario USP Dexeus.

In a post – operation statement, Doctor Mir said: “The surgery had good result. We are confident that Héctor will be able to leave the hospital in 48 hours and can being light physical activity in seven day.

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 able to run a race in 4 or 6 weeks, according to his feedback."

Hèctor Barberà – Pramac Racing Team rider –

“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. 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 the life and now I have to think only about my injury and my rehabilitation.”


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I've always taken a liking to Hector - from his crazy, unpredictable days in the lower classes to him just trying to make it in MotoGP - hopefully he gets the chance to show everyone that his best is still to come either in MotoGP or WSBK

Evidently, the way he was 'training' entailed a relatively high risk of injury. Don't understand why it is necessary to 'train' in such a risky way when the next race is just a few days away. Also don't understand why such risky 'training' during the season isn't contractually forbidden. Seems ridiculous to me.

So he's basically out until September.

His team ought to consider Elias as a replacement.

Lorenzo's not going to know what to do! Heal up, yada yada. I have never understood why riders get on board a dirt bike mid season and call it "training" Bullshit, IMO. It's a great way to train but the risk isn't worth the reward mid season. Just ask VR.