Barberá still ‘upset’ about electrical problems

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Héctor Barberá enjoyed a strong Commercial Bank Grand prix of Qatar to rise to 13th place from 22nd on the grid. However the Spaniard could not help but feel disappointed by the electrical problems that had hindered his qualifying session.

Not only did the issues occur in qualifying, but the Avintia Blusens bike had also been hit by the gremlins in practice.

"I am a little bit upset because the electrical problems we had (on Saturday) have dictated our race result," the Spaniard said bluntly after the race. "We hardly went out on-track yesterday and only today were we able to progress a little bit in the warm-up. The race was complicated because my main rival (Power Electronic Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró) started 11 positions ahead. I started well and have pushed hard but I ended up in no-man's-land and couldn't get a slipstream. It was a pity because, if I had been able to get near Espargaró and Randy (de Puniet) I do not know if I could have beaten them, but I assure you I would have caused them trouble."

Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama enjoyed a more positive night en route to 15th place.

"I think it has been a good start for us," the Japanese rider began. "The weekend did not start very well but we recovered and in the end we have scored a point in a race that has been really hard. To begin the World Championship, it is good because we have potential to improve and we know in which points we can do it."

With their FRT bike, Avintia Blusens hope to be the leading contenders in this year’s CRT class. In 2012, Aspar’s Espargaró took the honours.

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