Positive conclusions for Hector Barbera from a difficult weekend in Losail
Despite the fact that the result of the race wasn’t the best, Team Avintia Racing were able to draw some positive conclusions from the Qatar GP that was held at the Losail International Circuit this weekend and which marked the start of the 2014 MotoGP season.
Despite a lot of material to test in a short space of time, Héctor Barberá found himself on a bike with a good base setup that allowed further work and tweaks buy the team. Barberá felt comfortable in the run up to race day, but his expectations were disappointed due to a mechanical failure which sidelined him after just three laps.
The next GP will be held in three weeks time, on April 11th, in Austin, Texas. Between now and then, the engineers will analyse the data collected in Qatar to prepare the new material and be ready for further progress and improvements of the Avintia
#8 Héctor Barberá – retired
It was a difficult weekend because we had many parts to test. All this considered, we did some great work because every day we improved by a second. During warm-up we had a good pace that allowed us to keep up with the faster Hondas. I made a good start, but as we’d fitted a new brake system on the day before, I had to get used to them as the race went on. During the first two laps I made a couple of mistakes, but I was able to set lap times which weren’t too bad, like fellow riders Aoyama, Hernández and Colin Edwards. They were my reference points and I was very close to them. But then the gearshift broke and I had to retire. But in any case, no one here has built a bike within a month, and we were practically acting like a test team. So to be that close to the competition was very positive. I don’t feel like I’m under pressure by the team because they appreciate that this is a very difficult job.
Source: Avintia Racing