With less that 20 minutes to go in this morning’s MotoGP free practice at Le Mans, Sete Gibernau, of Team Grupo Francisco Hernando, highsided in the Dunlop Chicane. After being taken to Clinca Mobile, it was found that Gibernau had fractured his left collarbone in two places in the crash, and thus will miss this weekend’s GP at Le Mans.
The Spainard, who returned to racing after two years of retirement, has always been troubled by collarbone and shoulder injuries. Still suffering from those injuries, last December Gibernau had a metal plate removed, but during training suffered from ligament problems that forced him to miss the Qatar pre-season test.
Sete will now fly back to Barcelona and will probably be visited at the famous Dexeus Clinic to see if he will require surgery. Gibernau will try to take part at his home Catalan Grand Prix on June 14, but will probably miss the next GP at Mugello.
Team manager Pablo Nieto commented, “Obviously what we do next will all hinge on how much time he needs to recover which could be longer than for a young rider. It is really tough for the whole team to accept, including for Sete himself of course, because we are all giving so much effort to this project.”