Hector Barbera reaches his goal and finishes ninth in Qatar
The 2016 MotoGP World Championship has started in a very positive way for Hector Barbera and Avintia Racing.
The Spanish rider, who started from the eighth place of the grid, made a great race to reach the chequered flag in ninth position and get his first seven points of the season.
The race was hard and he had two big moments that prevented him to fight for a better place, but overall the result has been positive and gives the team confidence for the next few races.
Héctor Barberá | P9
“We have reached the goal we had before the race which was to finish in the top ten, but today I wanted to get something more. But we have to be realistic and know that we are fighting against factory bikes, and this is not an excuse. Now we are closer to the front and we can get better results. During the weekend I’ve been tense because it was the first race, we did not work as well as in the test and I made many mistakes. I’m the one who has to be more calm and transmit it to the team, but I’ve been nervous because I’ve seen myself close to the front and with more chances to get a good result. The championship just started and our real goal is to be in the top ten at every race, and when we have a really good chance, to fight for the top five. It was a shame, because I made a mistake riding behind Pol Espargaro and then Smith overtook me. Today we had the chance to fight for the seventh place, but nevertheless, to be the third Ducati is something positive.”