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Barbera: "No pressure when I come back"

Barbera: 'No pressure when I come back'

Barbera: "No pressure when I come back"

Spanish 250cc star Hector Barbera today gave a press conference in Barcelona, where he underwent surgery yesterday on his fractured wrist. The Fortuna Aprilia rider was accompanied by Doctor Xavier Mir, the surgeon who operated on Barbera at the Clinica Dexeus and who last year treated both Toni Elias and Jorge Lorenzo.

Doctor Mir stated to the press that Barbera would return to the track as and when he was fully recovered according to the natural healing process of the injury, which he suffered whilst training on a mountain bike. It is nearly 100% certain that the Spaniard will miss the next two races on the MotoGP calendar, although he didn't rule out a possible return at Assen.

"It is a fairly frequent injury, one which we have secured with a titanium plate to accelerate recovery. For someone who doesn't work with bikes, without the mentality of a rider, this injury would have a rehabilitation period of between eight and ten weeks. However I believe that Hector will be ready to get back on the bike in three," said his experienced surgeon.

The injury comes at a most inopportune time for Barbera, with three races in as many weekends. However, as the rider himself noted "injuries never come at a good time. I have to recover fully in order to ride again in the best condition."

"I really wanted to do well in Catalunya, but now I have to think about Donington or, at a push, Assen. I don't want to get my hopes up because I don't want to be thinking about riding and then not be well enough."

"When I return I won't have any pressure on me, because all the riders at the top of the table are going to be too far ahead. For this reason I will only come back when I can be in contention for victory."

Video from the press conference accompanies this news item.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Hector Barbera

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