Hector Barbera Fired After Drink Driving Charge

Rennie Scaysbrook | June 11, 2018

Hector Barbera Fired After Drink Driving Charge–Former MotoGP rider Hector Barbera has lost his HP40 Pons Moto2 ride after being arrested for drink driving in his native Spain.

Hector Barbera Fired After Drink Driving Charge

Hector Barbera fired after failing a breath test.
End of the road for Hector Barbera? With no Moto2 ride, the future doesn’t look promising.

Barbera was pulled over in Valencia and breath-tested. He recorded an alcohol level of 0.67 milligrams per liter of breath. The legal limit is 0.25.

Barbera was convicted and ordered to serve 22 days of community service and lost his driving license for one year. However, it’s his loss of his Moto2 that will have the most damage to his career.

“Following the latest events in Valencia with the driver Héctor Barberá on the night of 07/06/18, today 06/08/18, PONS Racing and Héctor Barberá rescinded the contract of mutual agreement that united them for the current season 2018,” a team statement read.

“PONS Racing wants to thank Héctor Barberá for his services and wishes him the best in the future.”

Barbera had struggled since stepping down to the Moto2 class this season in a career that has seen him start 139 MotoGP races between 2010 and 2017. Indeed, his season hit rock bottom when he took out Tetsuya Nagashima at the recent Italian Moto2 event, an incident for which he was due to serve a grid penalty this week in Barcelona.

His place in the HP40 Pons team at the Barcelona race will be taken by 21-year-old Augusto Fernande.

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.