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Barberá very satisfied with more rigid Avintia Blusens chassis

Barberá very satisfied with more rigid Avintia Blusens chassis

Héctor Barberá ended last week’s MotoGP™ test session with confidence, having moved to within three tenths of a second of the leading CRT runners. Power Electronics Aspar continued to set the pace in their class, but the Avintia Blusens rider would appear to be their closest challenger at this point.

Last year’s first ever CRT battle was won by Aleix Espargaró on an Aspar bike, although his task of defending that crown is already looking to be more difficult in 2013. As Barberá concurs, his bike is making sizeable strides.

"It’s very positive because we had started the first day with chatter problems, so it took a while to get that sorted out," Barberá, who hails from Dos Aguas near Valencia, told in a video interview. "At the end of the first day we were improving, but then it started to rain and so we couldn’t do any more work. We then started the bike up on the second day and it worked much better, so we continued advancing with the electronics.

"On the final day we tried a more rigid chassis, which worked better and allowed us to move to within three tenths of the quickest CRT bike. So we’re very happy, especially after how things had been at the first test. The team is running at 200%, we’ve got a good base and now we’re growing on it."

Last year, Barberá ran on a prototype bike for Pramac Racing. He collected best results of seventh in the Dutch and Malaysian races and briefly led at the start of his home event in Valencia. At Misano, he memorably collided with title contender Dani Pedrosa as both retired from the Grand Prix.

MotoGP, 2013, Hector Barbera, Avintia Blusens

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