Difficult Sunday at Brno for Hector Barbera
The weekend started with high expectations for Avintia Racing at Brno. With Hector Barbera dominating on Friday, going straight to the Q2 and with Di Meglio completing the Open Class one-two on Saturday qualifying, everybody in the team was looking forward to the race.
But after the 22-laps-race, the results were far from the expectations of Avintia Racing. Hector Barbera made a good start from the 11th place of the grid and was able to battle against several factory bikes in the opening laps, but once the tyres dropped off, it was impossible for him to keep the fast pace shown during the weekend.
He battled with Loris Baz in the last few laps, but the Frenchman crossed the line in front of him and reduced Barbera’s advantage in the standings by one point, although the Spanish rider still leads the Open Class.
The MotoGP World Championship takes now a rest to come back in two weeks time at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix.
HECTOR BARBERA #8 / 16th (P2 Open) @HectorBarbera
It was a really difficult day. We tested some electronic setting during the warm up, but I didn’t feel great. Anyway I was quite confident for the race. We changed the strategy for this track, trying to fight with some factory bikes, but then I realized that this was a mistake, and after some laps my tyres were finished and I could not push at the end of the race. The bike was sliding everywhere, at the entry and the exit of the turns, and it was very difficult. But we have learned many things that we’ll apply in the next races.