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Héctor Barberá

Hector Barbera
Barberá at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix.
NameHéctor Barberá
CaptionBarberá at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix.
NationalitySpain Spanish
Birth DateNovember 02, 1986(age 30)
Birth PlaceDos Aguas (Spain)
Current TeamMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP
Bike Number8
MotoGP Active Years2010
MotoGP ManufacturersDucati
MotoGP Championships0
MotoGP Race Starts33
MotoGP Race Wins0
MotoGP Podiums0
MotoGP Poles0
MotoGP Fastest Laps0
MotoGP Total Points167
MotoGP Last Season2010
MotoGP Last Position12th (90 pts)
250 Active Years2005 2009
250 ManufacturersHonda
Aprilia
250 Championships0
250 Race Starts75
250 Race Wins4
250 Podiums20
250 Poles8
250 Fastest Laps4
250 Total Points830
250 Last Season2009
250 Last Position2nd (239 pts)
125 Active Years2002 2004
125 Championships0
125 ManufacturersAprilia
125 Race Starts47
125 Race Wins6
125 Podiums12
125 Poles1
125 Fastest Laps6
125 Total Points416

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Héctor Barberá Vall (born November 2, 1986 in Dos Aguas, Valencia Province) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer competing in the MotoGP class aboard an Aspar Racing Team Ducati.

Hector began his World Championship career at the age of 15 in the 2002 125cc world championship, under the guidance of Jorge Martínez "Aspar", who teamed Barberá and fellow youngster Angel Rodríguez up with the experienced Pablo Nieto.

In his first season Barberá established himself as the most promising rider of the three and in 2003 he broke through, with his first victory at Donington Park making him one of the youngest riders ever to win a Grand Prix. A strong finish to the season saw him take third place in the championship and he signed up for a title challenge with Seedorf Racing in 2003. Several inopportune crashes and mechanical failures derailed his hopes but victory in the final race secured the runner-up spot and a factory ride with Fortuna Honda in the 250cc class for 2005. After two years with the team he moved to Team Toth in 2007.

Barberá survived a huge crash during the Italian round of the championship on June 1, 2008. Running second behind Marco Simoncelli on the penultimate lap who tried to defend his lead by changing his line on the straight, Barberá slipstreamed onto Simoncelli's back wheel and clipped it with his front brake lever. His bike somersaulted through the air, with Barberá escaping somewhat uninjured. However, a further crash in practice at Motegi left him with two spinal fractures, ending his season.

In the 2009 250cc world championship, Barberá won three races along with five other podium results to finish second to Honda's Hiroshi Aoyama. Barberá won the 2009 Valencia Grand Prix, the final two-stroke, 250cc race in Grand Prix history, as the class was to be discontinued in favor of the four-stroke Moto2 class in 2010. On 20 August 2009 it was announced Barberá would move to MotoGP in 2010, riding for the Aspar Racing Team aboard Ducati customer bikes. Barberá finished the 2010 MotoGP season in twelfth place.


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