Hector Barbera draws positives from difficult Assen weekend
It was a complicated MotoGP race for Hector Barbera and team Avintia with a lot of uncertainty due to the falling rain in the the first couple of minutes at the beginning of the race.
The other challenge for the Hector was the continuing work to solve the problems of the bike. Héctor focused on finding a good setup of the electronics they first used at the test at Montmelo, but encountered many difficulties to achieve this objective.
Barberá was able to draw a positive conclusion about today’s events, especially the improvement of their feeling in the wet compared to 2013. But he also enjoyed a fun head-to-head race with American Nicky Hayden.
The next step will now be to review and study the information gathered from the electronics and find some more solutions and improvements for the next Grand Prix in Germany, a step considered crucial by Avintia Racing.
“To be honest, with the weekend over, we are in very bad shape, especially from the electronics point of view. We have had many problems. We struggled to find the set-up before and now we have more complex material we struggle even more. That is our greatest problem right now. I try to give the maximum, I do what I can but I can’t reach my goals. In the wet, I experienced a positive surprise. Last year we were awful and we’d never ridden in the wet with this bike. I started twentieth and in the wet I could position myself in 14th or 15th. But when the track dried off, I found myself back down the order. It was a tough race and I couldn’t do more. But another positive thing is that I was able to do well in the race, fighting with Hayden. He passed me, I pulled back and during the last lap we swapped places three times. In the end he came out ahead of me. That’s the positive. The negative, like I said, is that we haven’t found solutions for the electronics yet.”
Source: Avintia Racing