Barbera arrested for assault on girlfriend

Spanish MotoGP rider arrested after battering girlfriend

MOTOGP rider Hector Barbera has been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend.

The Spanish rider, who races a CRT bike for the Avintia Racing team, stayed in Jerez after the last GP for a few days with his girlfriend. Allegedly the couple had a row and came to blows. His girlfriend was admitted to hospital following the assault.

Barbera's girlfriend suffered brusing to the face and spent the night in hospital but has been discharged.

However, Barbera released a statement on his Facebook page saying:

'In relation to the arrest of Hector Barbera.

In the present day there has been a complaint about the person of Hector Barbera. The allegations and the information published thereon are untrue. Hector has been made ??available to the relevant authorities to determine the facts. As developments occur they will expand information.'

Barbera is due to face charges next week which could prevent him from taking part in the next MotoGP at Le Mans, France.

Sources: GPOne, Facebook