Barberá convinced CRT win possible in Austin

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Héctor Barberá left Qatar highly frustrated, having been hindered in the first Grand Prix of 2013 by electrical problems. Now heading to Texas for the first time, the Avintia Blusens rider predicts a positive turn in fortunes.

At Losail, Barberá rose from a highly disappointing 22nd position on the grid – also due to technical gremlins – to 13th in the race. On the second time of asking, the Dos Aguas-born rider believes he can begin proceedings on a much lighter note.

"We now go to a track that is new for all of the riders, which could help us," he says with confidence. "Bear in mind that, usually, our opponents have all of the data and experience from previous years, but in Austin everybody starts from scratch and I am convinced that the differences will be reduced.

"We shall all have to make adjustments for the circuit when it comes to electronics, suspension and so on – not just us, but all of the rest too. That will make things different. I’m very encouraged and confident that we can have a good Grand Prix and show that you can count on us for (CRT) victory. There’s no need to wait for more races – we can do it now."

Should he finish as the highest-placed CRT runner this weekend, the result would mark the first time Barberá had achieved the feat; for 2013 he has switched to the Avintia Blusens FTR machine from running a prototype Ducati for Pramac Racing.

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