MotoGP racer Hector Barbera has been arrested by Spanish police following allegations of domestic abuse. UPDATE: Spanish courts found both Barbera and his girlfriend equally responsible for what transpired. Both parties received suspended sentences and were placed under a restraining order.

According to the Irish Independent, the Avintia Blusens racer was taken into custody in Jerez on May 9 after a woman identified as his girlfriend required hospital treatment following an alleged incident in their hotel room.

A statement released on Barbera’s Facebook page says the allegations are untrue and that Barbera is cooperating with authorities. Avintia Blusens has not released any comments on the allegations at this time.

The 26-year-old racer was spending a few more days in Jerez after competing in Sunday’s race where he finished 12th.

It’s not clear at this time whether Barbera will be competing in the May 19 French Grand Prix at Le Mans while this much more serious matter to face.

[Source: Irish Independent, Hector Barbera (Facebook)]

  • Mike Smith

    Required treatment, or simply walked into the ER claiming she was abused? There’s a big difference.

  • All we can verify is she required treatment and hospital staff made the decision to file a report with police. As of yet, no official charges have been filed in court but details should be released in the coming days.

  • Gary

    I’d be angry, too, if I had to ride Ducati in MotoGP.

  • John A. Stockman

    Compared to the constant parade of losers, abusers and criminals in pro ball sports, we motorcycle racing enthusiasts enjoy a glaring lack of this stuff that appears in headlines every week from the ball sports community. Even when I tell my ball-sports-are-the-only-legit-athletic-endeavour friends about the disparity of those activities in pro motorcycle racing, they still don’t believe me. In the USA, people have had ball sports rammed down their throats since the day they were born, so they think it’s normal and OK for pro athletes to act like children and criminals. Faced with the facts about motorcycle racing, they just won’t accept the truth. Pretty sad, really, as motorcycling and racing them is still so denigrated and marginalized in America compared to the rest of the civilized world/countries. When’s the last time a pro racer got arrested for drunk driving, abusing their kids, or convicted of selling/using drugs? You see that every week with those immature ball sports players. I’ll say it until I draw my last breath: “Children play with balls & sticks, men race, and REAL men race motorcycles”…something I heard John Surtees say when some media-type at Goodwood asked him about who he thought would win the at-that-time world cup soccer game. It became my favorite quote of all time. Thank you very much Sir John Surtees for adding a lot of credibility to what I’ve been saying for 30+ years.