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Barberá's title chances thwarted by mechanical failure

Barberá's title chances thwarted by mechanical failure

Barberá's title chances thwarted by mechanical failure

On Sunday, title hopeful Héctor Barberá lost vital ground on the 125 class leader, Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian took full points in Japan, taking his fourth win of the season in the Camel Grand Prix of Japan, while Barberá retired with engine problems.

"I don't have much to say. After having some problems during the weekend, we have made some changes on the bike for the race. When I was beginning to be comfortable on the bike, I saw the red flag. I have changed the tyres, and suddenly the bike didn't start up," explains the Spanish youngster.

As the Team Seedorf rider wasn't able to join the grid for the warm-up lap for the second leg of the race, he had to start from the back of the grid, only to retire while 19th, five laps from the chequered flag.

"It seems that a stone entered into the carburettor from the air box, and crossing three filters. It can happen, but there are a thousand of stones and 37 riders, and it has happened to me."

Barberá now trails Dovizioso by 45 points and admits his title chances are getting slimmer. "The championship is now in a bad situation, although our objective it will be the victory in Qatar, and the same thing in Malaysia and in all the races. It seems that Dovizioso lives in a bubble, and everyone that approaches him crash or has a problem. Look what has happened to Locatelli! I hope I can win in Qatar."

Tags:
125cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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