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Barbera a doubt for Catalunya after arm pump surgery

Avinta Ducati rider Hector Barbera undergoes surgery for arm pump problem, decision on participation in Catalunya MotoGP due next week.
Avintia Racing's Hector Barbera has undergone successful surgery in Barcelona to counter problems with arm pump, but his participation in the next round of the MotoGP World Championship at Catalunya on June 14 is in doubt.

Barbera, who finished 13th at Mugello on Sunday in the Italian MotoGP, has been experiencing problems in his right forearm at the last three rounds of the championship.

The Spanish rider was treated in the Hospital Universitari Quirón Dexeus in Barcelona on Monday.

A statement issued by Avintia Racing said: “In the morning he has undergone a nuclear magnetic resonance that showed up his arm pump problem and during this afternoon he had a successful surgery in his right forearm.

“The operation, made by Dr Xavier Mir, has lasted 70 minutes and he used microsurgical techniques to release the extensor and flexor fascia of the right forearm.

“Therefore it was necessary to release the muscles that flex the wrist and fingers, which extends as a double surgical incision.”

Barbera is due out of hospital on Tuesday and will begin a programme of rehabilitation next week, with the aim of returning on his Ducati at Catalunya on June 14.

However, the Open class points leader is currently a doubt for the race until his situation becomes clearer next week.

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June 03, 2015 2:24 PM
Last Edited 188 days ago

After qualifying, there were three Ducati's in parc ferme. Two GP15's on center stage, and Barbera's old GP14.1 hidden away in the corner. No-one congratulated Barbera and the cameras largely ignored him, but this guy is easily leading the Open Class and is currently just 2 pts behind Redding on his 'state of the art', 2015 factory-spec RC213V. Barbera has honest, workman-like quality - under the radar for some, but I hope he makes it to his home GP and continues to consolidate his lead.


June 02, 2015 4:04 PM

It would appear that arm pump is a problem for quite a few MotoGP riders. I am sure it is a modern problem, probably due to the power of the carbon brakes. Perhaps it is time review these and maybe allow only steel discs. (It would be the same for everyone). This would also have the effect of (possibly) improving the performance of steel discs which would help road bikes, a concept which Honda in particular seems keen to embrace. At the same time, MotoGP is so good, it would be a shame to make a change that had an adverse effect on the racing, but these boys seem good at adapting to new regulations. You never know, it may make the racing even more exciting.

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