Tito Rabat has broken his right collarbone in a training crash at Almeria. The reigning Moto2 champion was riding at Almeria, as is his custom, and suffered an (unspecified) mechanical failure while braking for Turn 1. He fell, shattering his right collarbone.
Rabat was flown to Barcelona that evening, where he was operated on by Dr. Xavier Mir. Dr. Mir inserted a titanium plate to fix the collarbone. Rabat expects to be fit enough to race at the Sachsenring next weekend.
Though the break is unfortunate for Rabat, the timing of the crash could have been worse. The Marc VDS rider currently trails the championship leader Johann Zarco by 45 points, and Rabat cannot afford to miss any races. Though Rabat will not be at full strength at the Sachsenring, the circuit only features two strong braking zones, and is mostly left-hand corners. After the Sachsenring, Rabat has four weeks to recover until the next round at Indianapolis.
Below is theepress release issued by the Marc VDS team after the incident:
Rabat breaks collarbone in training crash
Barcelona, Spain – 5 July 2015: Tito Rabat has undergone surgery after fracturing his collarbone in a training accident on Saturday.
Rabat sustained a fractured right collarbone in a crash while training at the Almeria circuit in Spain. The crash occurred due to a mechanical failure as the reigning Moto2 World Champion was braking for turn one.
The 26-year-old Spaniard was initially treated at the circuit, but then travelled to Barcelona where he underwent surgery to plate the fracture on Saturday evening.
The surgery was performed by MotoGP medical team members, Doctor Xavier Mir and Doctor Angel Charte, at the Hospital University Quirón Dexeus and was a complete success.
Rabat is already back in training to be ready for round nine of the Moto2 World Championship, which takes place next weekend at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany.
“I was doing my normal training at Almeria when there was a problem with the bike as I was braking for the first turn and I went down quite hard. I knew straight away that I’d broken something, and the medical staff at the circuit confirmed this. I immediately called Doctor Angel Charte to arrange things before jumping on a plane to Barcelona. With Sachsenring only a few days away it was important to get the fracture plated as soon as possible, to give me the maximum recovery time. The surgery was a success and I will definitely be fit to ride in Germany, after which we have a three-week break in which I can recover fully. I’d like to thank the medics and staff at Almeria, for their assistance immediately after the crash, and Doctor Xavier Mir and his team who, once again, have done a fantastic job.”
Doctor Xavier Mir:
“The surgery was to treat Tito Rabat’s fractured right collarbone, reducing the five fragments and affixing a titanium plate. Tito was also treated for an injury to his left thumb, with a skin graft performed to replace the skin lost in the crash. He also sustained various minor contusions and bruises in the crash. Tito will remain in the hospital for 48 hours, during which time he’ll receive antibiotics intravenously.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Riders need to train and there is always a risk involved, especially when they are training on track at speed. Tito does a lot of laps at Almeria, normally without incident, but this time he was caught out at one of the fastest parts of the circuit by a mechanical failure. Thankfully he walked away with only a broken collarbone, as it could have been much worse. The collarbone has now been plated and he will be fit to race in Germany next weekend. I’m sure it will be an uncomfortable injury, especially at a stop start circuit like Sachsenring, but I’m equally sure it will only motivate Tito further. After Germany he will have a full three weeks to recover before we head to the US for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis."