Injured Barberá wary of uphill challenge
21 March 2017 – Avintia rider Héctor Barberá says he will not be at his "best level" due to injury when the MotoGP season begins in Qatar this weekend.
Barberá broke his collarbone during private running at Valencia and was forced to miss the final three-day pre-season test in Qatar, leaving Loris Baz as the sole Avintia representative.
Barberá will return to action when the new campaign begins at Losail but is wary that he faces an uphill battle compared to his competitors.
"I arrive to the first race physically reduced," explained the Spaniard.
"I'm not at my best level and although I have been working hard to recover, in the last 20 days I lost all the weight and cardio training I've made during the winter.
"It was not easy to face this injury, and even more in the way it had happened."
Barberá is nonetheless trying to draw the positives from his injury as he prepares for his eighth season in the premier class, and fifth with Avintia.
"I head into the first race in Qatar excited as if I was to start my first World Championship race," he commented.
"Things always happen for a reason, maybe because I was putting too much self-pressure, because I always want to give my best and the winter test were not going as I wanted to.
"I won't be at 100 per cent, but I will race without pressure and I will try to enjoy every minute on the bike."