Barberá out of Indianapolis after suffering back injury

Friday, 17 August 2012

Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá has been ruled out of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix after injuring his vertebrae in a crash in the morning practice session.

Barberá, who had broken his left fibula and tibia only 27 days ago, flew to the U.S. deemed fit enough to race, with previous stand-in rider Toni Elías on hand just in case. It was however not the leg, but a vicious highside coming out of the final turn that caused the Spanish rider to suffer fractures in his dorsal vertebrae 5, 6 and 8. He was immediately taken to the Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, where he is currently undergoing an MRI to further assess the injury.

Barberá has a history of back injuries, having been hospitalised in Japan in 2008 for two weeks after a very similar incident where he fractured two of his vertebrae, one of which was number 5. The tests taking place at the hospital tonight are to confirm the extent of the new injury in this previously injured bone. The Spaniard will be kept there overnight.

He will be replaced by Toni Elías for the remainder of the weekend. Barberá placed tenth in the morning session, whilst Elías was 17th in the afternoon.

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