Barberá to step down to Moto2 with Pons
21 September 2017 – Héctor Barberá will step back down to Moto2 in 2018, after signing a deal with Pons, bringing to a close an eight-season spell in MotoGP.
Barberá graduated to MotoGP in 2010, after finishing as runner-up (while at Pons) in the 250cc class, now Moto2, and has raced for Avintia since 2013.
He also contested two races with the factory Ducati team in late-2016, replacing the injured Andrea Iannone, contributing to a personal best classification of 10th overall.
However, the 2017 season has been more of a challenge and, while sitting only 20th in the standings, he has secured a return to Moto2 with Pons.
"After eight years in MotoGP the goals have not been achieved, as it is a championship in which more means are needed beyond the rider," commented Barberá.
"When I saw the opportunity to return to Sito Pons' team I did not [need to] think [about] it.
"I am very excited and I have the motivation to start this new project.
"The goal is none other than to fight to win races and the championship. It will not be easy but I am at my best: I have the experience, I am physically and mentally prepared.
"Both Sito and his technical team, led by Santi, can give me what it takes to achieve it.
"I also want to thank Avintia Racing who facilitated the termination of the contract."
Barberá will partner Moto2 race winner Lorenzo Baldassarri, who holds 16th in this year's standings, and will contest his fifth season in the category in 2018.