Rabat will be very unwisely going against the doctor’s orders and racing in Barcelona, two weeks after he broke his collarbone.
He got quite smashed up in Mugello two weeks ago after falling off his bike, requiring titanium plates and screws to hold together his shattered left collarbone. However, he’s not letting practically being in pieces to stop him from racing on his home track and his favourite , the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. A lot of fond memories here for him, not least a podium finish there for the last three years, one of them a win from pole position. He’s not one to pass up on those good vibes despite debilitating injury.
“The operation in Barcelona last week went very well and Doctors Mir and Marlet as always did a great job. I have been fully concentrated on recovering as well as I possibly can, and I will be giving my all to be on track in my home Grand Prix. The target is to be as close to full strength as I can be and work closely with my team and Honda to try and make another step. I felt we’d made another small step before my crash in Mugello and that was good. I will try to finish my race and improve the feeling with the bike. If we can do that I think it will be a successful weekend.”
Maybe it all sounds like a wishful pipe dream to you, but Rabat really is recuperating pretty well under the meticulous care of the staff at Barcelona’s Hospital Universitario Dexeus. We can’t help noting that he complimented Doctors Mir and Marlet for doing a good job, as always. This might not be the first time he’s counted on these two esteemed surgeons to put him back in one piece. Perhaps arriving at Barcelona with a less than perfect collarbone is not as big of a deal as we’d think.