Hector Barbera has broken his left collarbone in a training accident, the Avintia Ducati team announced via its Instagram account. The 30-year-old Spaniard was training with a 600cc sport bike at the Valencia circuit when he crashed, fracturing his collarbone.
Barbera is due to undergo surgery at the Dexeus Institute in Barcelona on Thursday, where Dr. Mir will put a plate on his collarbone to correct the problem.
Barbera’s crash puts his participation in the next test at Qatar in doubt. The test is due to kick off on March 10th at the Losail circuit, and run from March 10th to 12th.
Barbera could potentially be fit enough to ride, but the value of him riding at a test with a weakened collarbone may be questionable.
It would be a more reasonable approach for Barbera to sit out the test, and wait until the start of the season at Qatar two weeks after the test, with practice for the race starting on March 23rd, ahead of the first race on Sunday, 26th March.
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