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Barberá targets Pedrosa in rookie season

Barberá targets Pedrosa in rookie season

Barberá targets Pedrosa in rookie season

Hector Barberá says he will be gunning for Dani Pedrosa in his first season aboard a 250cc machine after a positive first test at Valencia last week. The Spanish youngster revealed that his new Fortuna Honda team did not let him look at his lap times as he concentrated purely on getting to grips with the RSW but declared his optimism at running with the top men in the category.

"The aim is to make life difficult for Dani," said Barberá, who took four victories in the 125cc class this season. "He's the World Champion and the fastest rider in the category and I think the objective should always to be to look at who is winning. Right now that person is Dani so my aim is to make life hard for him.

On his first experience aboard a 250, Barberá added: "It couldn't have gone much better. I felt really comfortable and I just worked to get used to the bike. The team covered the times up so I'm a bit disorientated as to how well I did but the important thing is that I gradually got to know the bike and got faster and faster.

"I am just really happy and really satisfied to have the chance to work with a team like this and enjoy myself. I think it was a very positive test.

"The bike is a little heavier so it is harder to turn in the chicanes, and there is also a big difference in the engine. The Aprilia is a rotary valve and this has a reed valve, so that makes a difference on top of the extra power. I've just got to keep working on getting used to all the changes and we've still got plenty to do."

On his new team-mate, former 125cc sparring partner Jorge Lorenzo, Barberá said: "I think it's good for both of us. If your team-mate is up near the front then you expect to be up there as well. You always look to the person who is winning and if that person is your team-mate then that can only be a good thing."

Click the links at the top of this page to listen to our exclusive interview with Hector Barberá in its full and original version and see images of his first test aboard the Honda RSW250 at Valencia.

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