Avintia Blusens rider Hector Barbera is confident he could have challenged the leading CRT pair of Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet had the Spaniard not encountered problems during qualifying.

Barbera, making his CRT class debut, started from 22nd position on the grid after struggling to overcome electrical issues in practice.

However, he produced a battling performance to finish in 13th position on his FTR with only the Aspar ART machines of Espargaro and De Puniet ahead of him.

"I am a little bit upset because the electrical problems we had have conditioned our race result," said Barbera.

"The second day of practice we did it well despite the fact that there were still many things to try for the last day, but we were not able to do so because I could hardly go out on the track.

"Only today we have been able to progress a little bit in the warm-up.

"The race has been complicated because my main rival started eleven positions ahead," he added.

"I have started well and I have pushed hard but I have got in No-Man's-Land without options of taking advantage of any slipstream."

Barbera has no doubt he could have mixed it up with the Aspar riders granted a better starting position on the grid.

"It has been a pity because if I had been able to get near Espargaro and Randy I do not know if I would have won but I assure you that I would have caused them trouble," he said.

"The team is doing a great job and it makes me mad that because of this type of mistakes, unconnected with the team, things get complicated.

"Anyway, we scored and we have saved the day, so I hope these problems do not appear again and I will be able to compete in full conditions in the next GP."

His team-mate, Hiroshi Aoyama, grabbed a point in 15th position on his CRT debut, finishing behind Yonny Hernandez on the PBM ART.

"I think it has been a good start for us," said the Japanese rider.
"The weekend did not start very well but we recovered and in the end we have scored a point in a race that has been really hard.

"To begin the world championship it is good because we have potential to improve and we know at which points we can do it.

"During the race we have had chatter and this has made difficult to go faster and has surprised me because we have not experienced it in the rest of the weekend," added Aoyama.

"Despite this, we have finished in a good position, I have had a very constant pace and I have felt very well physically."


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