Hector Barbera, confirmed on Wednesday as having lost his Pramac Ducati ride to a new 2013 line-up of Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone, intends to continue in MotoGP
on a CRT bike.
Barbera, a ten-time grand prix winner in the 125 and 250cc classes, has been a satellite Ducati rider since joining MotoGP
The Spaniard spent his first two seasons with Aspar, before switching to Pramac this year.
Reacting to the news of Pramac's 2013 plans, Barbera wrote the following (translated) comments on his Twitter page @HectorBarbera:
“Hi all. On my way to the circuit. As you know, next year I will not continue riding the Ducati of Pramac Racing
“I think we had a very good season apart from injuries and hope to finish it just as well as we started.
“My future will be in MotoGP. I talking to several teams to ride a CRT and am evaluating all offers. I hope to give you news soon. Thanks for all your interest!
“Thanks to Pramac Racing because the bike was not anything more than an experiment and we were as fast as the official riders.
“This is racing. Sometimes it is not fair, but it is the way things are.”
The highlight of Barbera's year has been a front row start at Mugello, but he broke his leg shortly after in a training accident, then suffered back fractures on his early return at Indianapolis.
This weekend's Misano round should thus be Barbera's first race since Mugello in mid-July. Barbera is eleventh in the world championship with a best finish of seventh at Assen.
The 2013 Yamaha and Ducati rider line-ups are now decided, while Honda has one seat remaining at Gresini.
The situation is far less certain for the new category of privateer CRTs, with only Colin Edwards
(Forward Racing) thought to have a contract for next year.
Forward Racing will announce its 2013 line-up on Thursday evening.