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Hector Barberá: "I'm not Superman"

Hector Barberá: 'I'm not Superman'

Hector Barberá: "I'm not Superman"

Hector Barberá blamed an engine malfunction for his disappointing twelfth place in the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar on Saturday, a result which virtually ends his chances of winning the 125cc World Championship.

The Spaniard now has to win the next round in Sepang and hope that Andrea Dovizioso is not on the podium to have any chance of halting the Italian's march to the title.

"Another race with problems on the bike," said Barberá. "I am not Superman - if it doesn't work, I can do nothing. Constantly, in every corner, when I tried to open gas, the engine stopped, but totally stopped.

"We don't know why this has happened. I can not talk about luck, because the problem is not with luck but with the bike. I think that the team is working in a good way, but some times the bike doesn't work.

"The other day in Japan it didn't start, here it stopped in every corner. Like this I couldn't do anything and I even thought of entering the pits. I was able to finish twelfth, although I couldn't do anything more. I hope I can do better in Malaysia."

Barberá's team-mate Alvaro Bautista also had his problems, losing the chance to fight for victory on the final few laps after setting the pace for the much of the race. However, third place will go down as a good result for the Spaniard, who stood on the podium for the second time this season.

"I am happy, but it was a pity because I was leading for a large part of the race," reflected Bautista. "With the rhythm I had I could have been there until the end and also I was keeping a distance with Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

"But finally I had a problem with my bike. At the end of the straight, when I accelerated at the exit of the corner, my engine stopped, and like this I could not escape. Two laps from the end I tried to recover the distance Lorenzo had after my problem, but I ran off line and this is a problem here, with such a dirty track.

"I preferred not to take too many risks, although I think I could have won this race. It wasn't to be on this occasion but we must keep going like this to see if we can again fight for the victory in Malaysia and this time achieve it."

Tags:
125cc, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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