Barbera “saves the day” at Qatar but frustrated after electrical problems in qualifying
It’s been a good result for the Avintia Blusens MotoGP riders at the Qatar Grand Prix after overcoming the difficulties that they experienced yesterday, especially Héctor Barberá, during the practice sessions.
Having solved the issues for the race, Héctor did a good Grand Prix but he paid the price of starting far away from the first rows of the grid due to the bad qualifying session yesterday. Despite this, only two CRTs finished ahead of him and he managed to move up to 13th place after starting from the 22nd position.
Both riders have the quality to fight regularly for the honour positions of the category and that is why both Héctor and Hiroshi are sure they will be more competitive in the next GP of the World Championship that will take place in Texas.
Héctor Barberá (13th, 43’49.401 +1’09.599): “I am a little bit upset, because the electrical problems we had yesterday have conditioned our race result. The second day of practice we did well despite the fact that there were still many things to try for the last day, but we were not able to do so because I could hardly go out on the track. Only today we have been able to progress a little bit in the warm up. The race has been complicated, because my main rivals started eleven positions ahead. I have started well and I have pushed hard, but I have got in no-man’s-land without options of taking advantage of any slipstream. It was a pity, because if I had been able to get near Espargaró and Randy I do not know if I would have won, but I assure you that I would have caused them trouble. The team is doing a great job and it makes me mad that because of this type of mistakes, unconnected with the team, things get complicated. Anyway, we scored and we have “saved the day”, so I hope these problems do not appear again and I will be able to compete in full conditions in the next GP.”
Source: Avintia Racing Press Release