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Barberá eyes series lead

Barberá eyes series lead

Barberá eyes series lead

Despite his crash at Donington Park two weeks ago, Héctor Barberá has emerged as the main challenger to Andrea Dovizioso's hopes of lifting the 125cc World Championship title. Despite a tough start to the season the young Spaniard scored points in all eight of the rounds leading up to the Cinzano British Grand Prix and trails the Italian by 34 points, with his sights firmly set on the series leadership.

"The beginning wasn't great but bit by bit we've picked up the pace and now I'm really happy to see everything working," commented Barberá, who switched to Seedorf Racing in a controversial move from the team run by Jorge Martinez Aspar during the winter. "I think that now we are at the top, we're in the top three in the championship and we have to fight.

"It's difficult to be in the top three always in 125, but now we've got the bike at 100%, I think I'm in good form and the team is too. So with that good base we have to work harder to get some more wins. The team had no data for me previously, they didn't know how I rode or anything. I've learnt a lot as I went along explaining things to the mechanics.

"It was all new for me, so I think it's been really positive because I know what I want now, what I have to put in, and this has made me mature when it comes to coming into the box and telling the technical guys the problems I've had. I've had a few problems, mainly on the chassis and suspension. The engine side's easier, but the chassis is more complicated.

"When I made the change I was thinking about winning the title, knowing that finding a set-up quickly would help me too, but I didn't know it would be so hard to find! I honestly had no data for the bike. I just had to get on, open the throttle and say, ‘well it's bouncing around here and there'.

"Now I know how hard it is to get up to winning races, because it has been really hard to get the bike suited to me, because a 125 looks easy but it has a thousand things which take time to set-up."

To watch this interview in its full and original version, as well as footage from Barberá's season so far, click the video link at the top of the page.

125cc, 2004

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