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Barbera provides perspective on `battle of Misano´

Barbera provides perspective on `battle of Misano´

Eventually finishing third on Sunday Hector Barbera had looked like he might secure a first victory of 2008 at Misano - but was one of the stars of the show nonetheless.

Starting from pole for the second time this year Hector Barbera´s hopes were high as he went into the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini 250cc contest.

The Team Toth Aprilia rider attempted to get away at the front in the early running but got caught up in a hard fight with Marco Simoncelli, not for the first time this season.

`It was a good podium,´ stated Barbera. `I think a good podium is when you win, or when you have done a good job throughout the weekend. This time when the crucial moment arrived it was taken out of our hands. I tried to get away but I couldn´t keep up a really fast pace and Simoncelli overtook me but he didn´t escape at the front. He was getting in my way and I got in front again. Then we got caught up in a bit of a fight, overtaking each other on the limit and that slowed us both down so everyone else caught up with us.´

`It was a shame because I would have liked to have gone into the last lap fighting like that, battling cleanly like we had been doing, but Simoncelli braked outside the racing line and crashed.´

Simoncelli of course picked himself up to finish sixth, but another local rider Mattia Pasini was also involved in an incident with Barbera that resulted in a crash and a DNF at his home GP – both Italian riders stating their anger at the feisty Spaniard´s tactics after the race.

Commenting on his duel with the Polaris World rider, Barbera said, `With Pasini it was sad for him. He left a gap and I put myself in there. It is a fast corner and he was right at my side, he had left the door open, he tired to close the line and I was in his path. It was just a racing incident. I said sorry for my part but maybe both of us were at fault. That´s racing.´

The fourth podium appearance of the year for Barbera puts him fourth in the standings, 48 points behind leader Simoncelli and 21 behind third placed rider Alvaro Bautista – who won Sunday´s race.

250cc, 2008, Hector Barbera, Team Toth Aprilia

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