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GP Week : Issue 164
BARBERA: ‘I’LL BE BACK AT INDY’ Pramac Ducati rider Hector Barbera has promised he will beat the doctors’ predictions and return to racing two races earlier than predicted, at the Indianapolis GP after the two-weekend summer break. The 25-year-old Spaniard, at several recent races a thorn in Rossi’s side, suffered a compound tibia and fibula fracture in a motocross crash last Saturday week, and had surgery including plates and screws the next day. Writing on his blog, Barbera said: The operation went well, and I will be at Indianapolis. I have already begun rehabilitation.” The return would be one day short of the record set two years ago by Randy de Puniet, who suffered a similar injury at the Sachsenring, but was racing again at the Czech Republic GP at Brno 26 days later. This in turn broke a 41-day record set earlier in the year by Rossi. Barbera is the latest in a long string of riders injured in motocross accidents. Rossi’s shoulder injury in 2010 was actually more troublesome than his double leg fracture, and required surgery at year end. Barbera defended the necessity for such risks. “Some say we should not risk training on other motorcycles, but the truth is with tests and races we ride our MotoGP bikes only 60 days a year. If we want to improve as riders, we have to plan activities for the remaining 300 days.” One spur to quick recovery will be the sight of Toni Elias riding his bike. The former GP winner was drafted in as replacement after being dropped by the Aspar Moto2 team after the last round in Italy. MOTOGP >>> NEWS 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: