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Barbera confirms 2013 intentions

Hector Barbera heading to Avintia Blusens for MotoGP 2013.
Hector Barbera has confirmed he intends to remain in MotoGP next season by switching to the Avintia Blusens team.

Barbera, who has ridden satellite Ducatis since his 2010 MotoGP debut, is out of a seat at Pramac following the announcement of an all new Ben Spies-Andrea Iannone line-up for 2013.

The Spaniard, who qualified on the front row of the grid at Mugello this year, has now confirmed to the official MotoGP website that he is set to switch to the privateer CRT category with Avintia.

“I have not signed, but Avintia be my team [in 2013],” said Barbera.

Avintia Blusens entered MotoGP this season under the new CRT rules, running Yonny Hernandez and Ivan Silva on FTR-Kawasaki machinery, whilst also helping to develop the Inmotec chassis.

Hernandez is the third best CRT rider in the current standings, behind only the Aspar Aprilias of Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro.

The Columbian's form means he is likely to be retained to ride alongside Barbera, while Silva has already been demoted to test rider once by the team - then recalled after replacement David Salom struggled at Misano and Aragon.

Cardion AB and Karel Abraham, the other 2012 satellite Ducati entry, is also switching to the CRT class next season, with Aprilia machinery.

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October 12, 2012 9:24 PM

Hate to say I'm not too sorry to see him getting the boot from Ducati, considering their line-up next year, but Barbera doesn't seem like a bad rider and I'm glad he's not gone from MotoGP, anyone's opinion of CRTs aside.

tjh - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 11:47 PM

what a turn of events he left aspar last year because he refused to ride crt, aspar is by far the best crt and now he'll be right down the order, even in the crt race

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