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5 days ago
By Avintia Racing

Barbera: “It was a really difficult race”

Avintia Racing rider assesses his performance at round 13 at Misano

Hector Barbera’s weekend of steady progress at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini saw him go into Sunday’s Misano race starting in 11th on the grid and aiming for a top ten finish.

However the Spaniard did not have a good feeling during the early part of the race and would eventually cross the finish line in 13th, for three more valuable MotoGP™ World Championship points.

Barbera is currently tenth in the standings with five rounds to go and next up is a trip to Aragon where he is determined to get back into the top ten in the race in front of the Spanish crowd.

Hector Barbera: “It was a really difficult race. The feeling during the first laps was not good, and I was not able to brake well because the suspension seemed to be too soft for dry conditions. The front end was closing everywhere, and I was close to crashing twice and I had to support the bike with my elbow. But then, as the fuel got less, the feeling came back and my pace was faster.

“The problem was that after losing too much time in the first five laps, the group with Bautista, Petrucci and Bradl was too far away. The only positive thing this weekend is that we found our way back to the right direction and the way we used to be before Silverstone. Now we need to focus on the next race which will be on home soil.”