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Barbera: “He hooked my right leg with his wheel”

Barbera: “He hooked my right leg with his wheel”

A lucky escape for Hector Barbera on the first lap of the Motul TT Assen as he crashes with Jack Miller, narrowly avoiding injury.

Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera’s hopes of a strong weekend were crushed at the end of the first lap as Jack Miller (CWM LCR Honda) left his braking too late into the final chicane. Miller hit the back of Barbera’s Ducati and the Spanish rider became tangled in Miller’s rear wheel as he tumbled through the gravel. Fortunately Barbera sustained no serious injuries in the gruesome crash, although he was taken to the medical centre for checks.

The Open rider still leads the class championship by two points from Loris Baz (Athina Forward Racing) but the two look set to fight it out till the end of the season. This year’s battle for the Open class title is much closer than in years prior and looks set to rage through the remainder of the season.

Hector Barbera: “I'm angry when these things happen. I really wanted this race as in Barcelona we knew we could do more and here I knew I could be the first Open and we had worked well all weekend to get comfortable on the bike. This morning in Warm Up I rode in 35.2s with a tire on 27 laps and everything looked on track. But in the first lap Miller broke too late, I do not know where he was going because it was impossible to enter the turn and hit me hard. Luckily nothing happened because it was a very nasty fall; he hooked my right leg with his wheel and I started rolling with the bike. Miller is a novice, no experience with these bikes, but you have to think more because there are 26 laps and races are not won in the first. But that's racing. Now we have to think in Germany.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, RAC, Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing

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