MotoGP’s Hector Barbera has broken his collarbone in an incident during practice.
Details are thin for now, but Barbera reportedly suffered the injury while training at Valencia, which means he’ll at least get to skip the long plane ride that so many MotoGP racers have to suffer through as they’re ferried to their home country’s medical system, from tracks around the globe. He’s on his way to Barcelona today, to be operated on by Dr. Xavier Mir, the MotoGP medical director.
This year, Barbera is racing a Ducati GP16 for Reale Avintia Racing. There’s no word yet on how this incident will affect his season, but with the next official MotoGP test running in just over a week, and the season opener in three weeks, it’s hard to see him back in the saddle to start the season. We’re sure we’ll know more after his surgery tomorrow, though.