Sylvain Barrier has travelled back to Lyon to undergo surgery after breaking three bones in his right hand in a crash during Sunday's race at Aragon.

The Pedercini Kawasaki rider suffered a crash on lap three of the second race in Spain in which he broke his 2-3-4 metacarpal bones in his right hand that now require surgery.

The injury rules the French rider out of the fourth round of the World Superbike championship at Assen in two weeks time and he is targeting a comeback at the fifth round at Imola.

"Unfortunately I will leave Aragon with my arm immobilized by two fractures and my thoughts and concerns are focused on the time of recovery," Barrier said. "Assen is too close, and for that weekend I won't be able to be ready for a race, I'll be ready hopefully for Imola in the first weekend of May.

"I am very disappointed for what happened, because this morning during the warm-up I had positive feeling with the bike and I believed we were finally on the right direction."

Pedercini Kawasaki is expected to assess its option for a replacement rider for Barrier at Assen, which will host the fourth round of the season on the 15-17 April.

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