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Barberá hits out at speculation

Barberá hits out at speculation

Barberá hits out at speculation

Hector Barberá has spoken out about the rumours circulating in the press linking him with a move to the 250cc World Championship next season. The Spanish teenager has been linked to virtually every quarter-litre team in the paddock recently but insisted that the majority of stories had been fabricated.

"It's honestly a subject that I am not worried about at all," says Barberá. "I don't understand why so many people are getting worked up about it and generating such absurd speculation.

"Fair enough, I've said that I would like to move up to a factory 250 bike because I think it is the only way to be competitive in that class but that is all I have said. My team are helping me to sort things out in the best possible way and I am truly thankful for that.

"It's all in the hands of my agent – that is what he is there for. The only thing I am thinking about is the next race at Valencia. There is still plenty of time and we'll see what happens."

The 17 year old has the opportunity to seal the runner-up spot in the 125cc World Championship this weekend but admitted that he had higher hopes for his season until a dramatic loss of form in recent weeks.

"Obviously second place is for the first loser, but even so it would be a positive end to a season of highs and lows," he reflected. "I am the first to admit that I have made some mistakes but despite that I think I could have been higher up the championship right now if it wasn't for the amount of problems we've had with the bike.

"Anyway, in general I am happy. I have won three races and I was on the podium three other times. When I was up at the front I enjoyed myself and I think the fans enjoyed it too. At the end of the day, that is the most important thing."

Barberá has picked up just fourteen points from the four ‘flyaway' races in Japan, Qatar, Malaysia and Australia and says that the final round of the season in his hometown of Valencia is the perfect opportunity to turn things around.

"At Sepang I messed up and in the three others the bike just wasn't competitive. So the race at Cheste is the perfect chance to put last month behind me – at my home race, in front of my home fans. I owe it to myself and to them. Not only that – I want to finish second in the World Championship!".

Tags:
125cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

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