Gibernau Confirms Comeback in Barcelona
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Gibernau crashed out of the Le Mans circuit two races ago, while running his Ducati in the practice session of the French Grand Prix. During the course of the same weekend, he went to visit Doctors Xavier Mir and Ignacio Ginebreda at the Clinica Dexeus in his native Barcelona in order to get an operation.
The medical intervention consisted of supportive plate being inserted onto his bone. As a result, Gibernau was unable to make the field during last weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. As he is yet to climb a competition bike, the Spaniard admitted he won't be exactly on top of his form in Barcelona, but insisted he won't miss the Spanish GP for anything.
“I'm good. I wouldn't like to say exactly that I'm going to be perfect to ride a MotoGP bike, but we've been working very hard and I feel good. I've got the plate inside and I feel more comfortable with a plate than without, it's been so many years... I feel good, so right now I'm just looking forward to the first practice session and to enjoying the grand prix. It's very special for all of us and I can't wait to jump on the bike,” said Gibernau in an interview for MotoGP's official site.
Collarbone injuries have been part of Gibernau's MotoGP career ever since his horrible crash in the 2006 Spanish GP (still at Barcelona). It was practically that initial injury that caused his immediate drop in form throughout the 2006 season, that eventually led to him retiring from the MotoGP at the end of the year.
Earlier this year, soon after deciding to return to the series, he sustained a further injury on his shoulder – during the pre-season testing – followed by the crash at Le Mans.
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