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Héctor Barberá returns to the MotoGP paddock this weekend, rejoining Pramac for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. The Spaniard is making his comeback earlier than expected thanks to a quick recovery for his injured vertebrae and broken leg.
Barberá sustained the injuries in two separate accidents: one on-track at Indianapolis and the other in a training accident a fortnight earlier. He has made his convalescence at home in Spain, including intensive rehabilitation therapy. In the meantime, he was replaced by Toni Elías.
“I’m really excited that I’ll ride this weekend on this amazing track,” Barberá says on Monday.
“I have a lot of good memories about Misano, especially from 2009 when I won in the middle class. Obviously this year it is a different situation. I having ridden for six weeks, but I have made a big effort to be ready to race this weekend, and the only thing I thought about during the rehabilitation was to be back on my Ducati as soon as I could.
“I had some down time on my active rehabilitation due to the forced rest after the big crash in Indy, but I worked hard with the passive rehabilitation to recovery as quick as possible. I feel good, even if I know that on the track it will be a different thing and it could be hard, but I miss my bike and my team and I want to try.
“I have to say thanks to a lot of people - in particular to my team, my sponsor, all the people that I worked with in these weeks and also thanks to Toni Elías.”
Heading to Misano, the MotoGP battle is headed by 2010 Champion Jorge Lorenzo. After picking up wins at the last two races, Dani Pedrosa is just 13 points behind.
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