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Barbera hoping to see chequered flag again

Hector Barbera was forced to pull out of Sunday’s Italian GP, which marked his second consecutive race retirement, due to a gearbox problem. The Spaniard now heads towards Barcelona with the aim of finishing a race.

Having already suffered a tricky start to the year in 2014, Barbera’s woes continued in Italy as his Avintia Racing machine ground to a halt on Lap 7.

"Yet another race with bad luck," Barbera was left to lament. "I started well, but that time when I got to the end of the straight it just cut out – I had no gears. I had to go through the first corner in sixth gear, which made me run wide and drop to last place. Then I started to get the gears back, but had no third, so I was always having to use only second or fourth. Then I lost sixth on the straight – it was like that all the time.

"Then I just got to a point when the bike stopped on the straight. So, once again I have been unable to finish. It’s a shame because both my mechanics and the team overall are working very hard, pushing a lot and really putting effort into everything, but ultimately external factors are affecting us. Let’s see if we will have a little more luck in Barcelona and be able to enjoy a decent race."

Although he has retired from half of the races so far, Barbera has been able to enjoy a points finish on two occasions as he was classified 15th in both Austin and Jerez.

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MotoGP, 2014, Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing

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