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Barberá takes a fall at the Grand Prix of Japan

Barberá takes a fall at the Grand Prix of Japan

The Mapfre Aspar rider was taken from the Motegi circuit to Utsunonmiya following a hard fall, where was been diagnosed with a fractured right collarbone

Early crashes, run-offs, ride-throughs and jump starts. The Japanese GP at Motegi had it all in the headline attraction. Héctor Barberá was looking to continue his strong run of form from previous races, and was able to repeat his best qualifying performance of sixth (taken at Jerez) for the Japanese GP. Motegi has never been a favourite track for the MAPFRE Aspar rider, as in 2008 he suffered a big crash that ruled him out of action for a short period of the season. Three years later, Japan was once again the scene of misfortune for Barberá.

Starting well, he completed lap one in ninth position. It was a position upon which to build, but on his twelfth turn of the circuit he lost the front end of his bike and hit the ground hard. Having lost consciousness, Barberá was taken to the circuit hospital, where the doctors decided to airlift him to the Dokkyo hospital in Mibu (near Utsunomiya). Barberá had suffered a hard blow to the neck, and a CAT scan revealed that he had also fractured his right collarbone. Currently in recovery, the initial signs are that he will require a stay in the hospital for between 24 and 48 hours.

MAPFRE Aspar press release.

MotoGP, 2011, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Hector Barbera, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2

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