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Barbera: “The track condition changed completely”

  Barbera: “The track condition changed completely”

A perfect run of top ten finishes continues for Hector Barbera in Spain who salvages tenth from a tough race.

Having earned direct passage into Q2, Hector Barbera was able to start from ninth on the grid for the Gran Premio Red Bull de España. Throughout the weekend he had shown great pace and was often the leading Ducati rider, expectations for race day were high. But increased temperatures on race day saw every rider on the MotoGP™ World Championship struggle for grip, especially the Ducati riders. Hector Barbera was hit particularly hard and could not fight for the positions he had wanted as a result. Even though the situation wasn’t ideal, the Avintia Racing rider still managed to continue his run of top ten finishes in 2016. A top ten is still within Barbera and Avintia Racing’s overall goal for the season but after the positive start to the weekend, more would have been nice.

Four straight top ten finishes have granted Barbera a total of 31 points, just two points less than he scored throughout all of 2015 on his way to the Open Championship. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of his start to the year is that he is only five points behind Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in fifth and nine points behind the full factory Honda of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).

Hector Barbera: “This was a very difficult race. The weekend had been almost perfect and we did a great job so far, which makes this tenth place a little disappointing. The track condition changed completely for the race and from the second lap onwards, I struggled with the traction control that was cutting too much power. I tried all the mappings I had for the race, but non of them worked and, even leaned over, the bike was cutting power, so I was losing time on every corner exit and I was not able to attack in the braking points. I was not comfortable riding the bike and I’ve been fighting the whole race. We continue adding points and this is the most positive, and despite our problems, we are still in the top ten. To be honest, our real position is between fifth and tenth, but we have to go one step back with the electronics, because we changed something in Argentina and it’s clear that it doesn’t work.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing

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