Avintia riders expecting emotional finale
8 November 2017 – Avintia riders Héctor Barberá and Loris Baz say they are expecting an "emotional" weekend at the Valencian Grand Prix, as the duo prepare to bow out of MotoGP.
Barberá has spent eight seasons in the premier class with Aspar, Pramac and Avintia, as well as a two-race spell at the Ducati factory outfit, but will move to Moto2 next season.
Baz, meanwhile, is set to return to World Superbikes after a two-year stint in MotoGP, with Avintia having already signed Tito Rabat and Xavier Simeon for 2018.
"Valencia is my home Grand Prix and for me it's always special to race on the Ricardo Tormo Circuit," said Barberá.
"This year, it's even more special because it's the last race with the team that I've raced with in the last five seasons and that has become my family.
"It will also be my last race in MotoGP and after eight years in this class I look forward to new challenges in Moto2.
"I have no doubt that it will be a very nice and emotional weekend, but I want to focus on working hard from the first practice on Friday to get ready for Sunday's race.
"I want to finish this stage of my career with a good result for my team, for me and for all the sponsors that have been supporting us always."
Baz echoed Barberá's sentiments, though is wary improvements made by rivals KTM and Suzuki means capturing a strong result will be a difficult proposition.
"We will push at the maximum from Friday and our goal is to finish in the top 10," said Baz.
"This goal has become more difficult to achieve with every race, because all the factories improved a lot, especially KTM and Suzuki, but we'll try.
"I would like to get a good result to conclude my two-year-partnership with the team on a high note."