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Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera took the Open class victory in Austin, finishing in 12th and securing 4 Championship points.
At first, it looked as if it was going to be a difficult weekend. On the opening day, the feeling of Hector Barbera in the wet was not great and he also struggled in dry conditions. But once again, he turned things around when it counted on Sunday. Hector demonstrated his great talent with a determined ride and gave Avintia Racing the second victory in the second race of the season. This time, he was fighting with Hiroshi Aoyama on the factory Honda until the chequered flag came down. Barbera crossed the line more than nine-seconds ahead of Nicky Hayden’s Honda, the next Open bike.
“I’m really happy because we were the first Open bike on Saturday qualifying and on Sunday race again and we also finished closer to the front than in Qatar. During the weekend we had many issues, in wet conditions I was not fast enough, then we tried a few things in the dry, but again my feeling was not great… We were not at 100 per cent but we are still on top of the Open class, so I’m very happy. I think we have still a lot of room for improvements. If I have to highlight something from the weekend then it´s the fact that the team has been working at 110 per cent. Our target was to be the first Open bike and we achieved our goal. On the last lap, I thought of an attack on Aoyama, but I decided it was better to grab the Open victory than to risk a crash!”
2 years ago