HECTOR Barbera has been sidelined for four to six weeks and could miss both American rounds after breaking his leg in a training accident.
The Spaniard underwent surgery on Sunday after suffering a broken left fibula and shinbone in a training accident near his home in Spain.
Barbera, who had his first MotoGP front row start at Mugello, had a successful surgery to insert a titanium plate and screws in his left leg. Dr Xavier Mir operated on the Spainard and stated the rehabilitation time was difficult to predict, but estimated that the Pramac Ducati rider would be fit to race in four or six weeks.
The set rehabilitation period puts Barbera out for Laguna Seca this coming weekend and possibly the following race at Indianapolis on August 19th.
Barbera said: “Obviously I'm disappointed about the incident. It happened in the worst period possible. I had a great feeling both with my bike and with my crew. In the last three races I was able to enjoy while I was riding and fighting with the Factory riders to achieve the best result possible.
“I could catch other brilliant results in the next round in Laguna Seca and Indy, but it's life and now I have to think only about my injury and my rehabilitation.”
Pramac have yet to announce a replacement, but names banded around to stand-in for the injured Barbera include: Damian Cudlin, Kenny Noyes and Roger Lee Hayden.