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Barbera hoping to see chequered flag again

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.

MotoGP, 2014, Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing

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