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The iconic Laguna Seca circuit in California is ready to welcome the MotoGP™ premier class (the Moto2™ and Moto3™ are classes sitting this event out) for the first of the two US rounds on the 2012 calendar.
After a trip of eight races across European soil, the MotoGP World Championship riders take their second intercontinental trip of the season this weekend to the Red Bull US Grand Prix. Unfortunately, Pramac Racing Team rider Héctor Barberá will miss out on this first American round, due to his recent training incident where he fractured the left fibula and tibia. Barberá underwent successful surgery at the Instituto Universitario USP Dexeus last Sunday.
The unlucky Spaniard has began the rehabilitation and should be able to run a race in 4 or 6 weeks, as Doctor Mir, a specialist surgeon who carried out the operation, said after the surgery. He will be replaced by Spanish rider Toni Elias, who already rode for the Pramac Racing Team in 2008, achieving two amazing podiums in Brno and in Misano.
The 29-year-old rider made his international racing debut in the 125cc World Championship in 2000, finishing 3rd in 2001 and taking his first win in the Dutch TT at the prestigious Assen circuit. In the following years, Elías was able to clinch to the inaugural Moto2 World Championship at the Malaysian Grand Prix with three rounds to spare.
This year, Toni was riding with the Aspar Racing Team aboard on Suter machine in Moto2 class but both sides have announced that they were parting ways. Therefore Elías, until few days ago, was a rider without a bike to run with. Now he has the opportunity to show his potential at the spectacular Laguna Seca circuit.
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