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MotoGP Japan: Iannone out of Phillip Island, Barbera stays

Hector Barbera will again replace Andrea Iannone at next weekend's Australian MotoGP
Hector Barbera will get a second chance to ride the factory Ducati after Andrea Iannone was confirmed as missing next weekend's Australian MotoGP.

The Italian has been sidelined since suffering a fracture to his T3 vertebra at Misano, with Barbera gaining a last minute promotion from Avintia to replace the #29 in Japan.

The Spaniard qualified eighth and was battling for seventh when he fell on lap 9 of Sunday's grand prix.

“For me it was a fantastic opportunity to ride the 2016 Desmosedici GP and race for a factory squad like the Ducati Team and so I want to thank both Ducati and Avintia Racing for giving me this opportunity," Barbera said.

"Unfortunately in the race I was not able to get a good start, especially because the clutch is very different to the one I normally use, and I immediately lost two positions. I took a bit of time to pass Petrucci and then I caught Pol Espargarò, who I tried to overtake several times, until I tried with even more decision and unfortunately I crashed.

"I feel bad about it because I think that today I could have finished in fifth or sixth place. In any case I picked the bike up to finish the race, but in the crash the two wings had broken off and I was no longer able to ride it well.

"However it was a great experience and I am very happy that I have been given another chance next week at Phillip Island.”

The news - which officially ends any speculation that Casey Stoner might come out of retirement - in turn means that Australian Superbike champion Mike Jones should get a second MotoGP ride, in place of Barbera, at Avintia.

UPDATE: Jones confirmed at Avintia for Phillip Island.

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October 16, 2016 12:34 PM

I thought for a hopeful moment that with the title now wrapped up, CS might offer up his services. ( for a race distance simulation, to test components ). Oh well, back to reality.

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