Héctor Barberá originates from the small town of Dos Aguas, located just outside the rural outskirts of Valencia. Growing up in a town with no traffic lights and 400 inhabitants, it is no surprise to hear that most of the people are involved with either motorcycling or mountain activities.
Barberá’s passion for two wheels began at a young age when he got his first bike… that was until he turned his attention to a 50cc Derbi Rabasa, which appeared in his house not for him but for his older sisters. By the age of six, he was already competing in regional trial competitions in Valencia, making his debut in Cullera.
After finishing third in the junior categories for three consecutive years (1995-1997), Barberá finally became a regional champion in 1998, at the age of 11 aboard a 125cc Beta. In 1999, he switched to road racing, where he quickly realized that his future lay firmly on the asphalt; he finished runner-up that year in the regional trial series.
In 2000, he parked his trial bike for good and focused on the regional Fórmula Airtel series, which he won, and the national Caja Madrid series, finishing fourth. This everyday hobby was looking more and more like something he wanted to turn into a career, and that he did!
Barberá began his World Championship career with the Aspar Team where he finished runner-up in the 125 class. In 2004, he moved into the 250 category for five seasons. In 2009, he completed the final season of the 250 category as runner-up in the championship after winning three races with five other podium results.
In 2010, Barberá was placed on Jorge ‘Aspar” Martinez’s new MotoGP™ team, where the rookie scored points at every round, with the exception of one, with a best result of eighth at both the Le Mans and Valencia rounds. For the following year, Barberá continued on the Desmosedici of the Aspar Team, improving his best result with a sixth place finish in Jerez!
A move in 2012 to the Pramac Racing Team saw him still riding a Ducati bike for the new 1000cc class where he encountered a challenging year full of crashes. In 2013, he joined Hiroshi Aoyama of Avintia Racing, ending the season fourth in class, 16th overall and as the team’s leading rider; his best results were a pair of 10th place finishes in Mugello and Laguna Seca.
For 2014, the Spaniard remains with Avintia Racing where he is partnered by French premier class rookie, Mike di Meglio. See them live at the upcoming MotoGP™ race!
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