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Avintia Blusens riders both aggrieved in Texas

Avintia Blusens riders both aggrieved in Texas

Smiles were sparse in the Avintia Blusens garage following a difficult second round of the season in Texas. Hector Barbera had been confident of challenging for top CRT spot, but he and teammate Hiroshi Aoyama could only struggle to 18th and 17th places, respectively.

Following his problems in Qatar two weeks earlier, Barbera headed to the United States in rejuvenated form, although his motivated was dented as the weekend progressed.

“I'm not happy, really.” he stated brusquely. “It seems that problems just seem to haunt us, even though the team is doing everything correctly. In today’s race, for example, I just had this incredible chatter from the third lap onwards. The start was good but the clutch was slipping. I’m quite upset about it all because we’re not hitting our targets and I know we can.”

Ultimately, Aoyama came home ahead of his Spanish teammate.

“I finished 17th but I can’t be very happy with that,” the Japanese rider began to sum up. “This weekend has been very hard although, when you take into account the problems we had before practice and the further difficulties we’ve suffered, we’ve actually not done too badly.

“I made a good start to the race and tried to stay with the chase, but started to drop off steadily because of chatter. That is an issue we have to solve because it’s just preventing me from going quickly. I’d like to thank my mechanics because it’s been a tough few days for everybody and they in particular have had to work tirelessly.”

Finishing in 11th place, the leading CRT runner was again Aleix Espargaro who ended the race three positions ahead of teammate Randy de Puniet.

MotoGP, 2013, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Hector Barbera, Hiroshi Aoyama, Avintia Blusens

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