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Barberá getting to grips with Honda RSW

Barberá getting to grips with Honda RSW

Barberá getting to grips with Honda RSW

Hector Barberá says he is starting to feel much more comfortable on the Honda RSW 250 after his third test in as many weeks at Valencia. The Spanish teenager made his quarter-litre debut at the Cheste circuit and, after a second session down in Jerez, was able to make direct comparisons on his return there in a two-day test on Monday and Tuesday.

"This session was much different to the first one we had here because now the bike feels much more like my own," explained Barberá, who set a best time of 1'37.1.

"I tried to do spells of ten laps because the first time we came here I was getting tired very quickly and I couldn't withstand a lot of consecutive laps on the bike. The physical demands are a lot higher than with a 125 and that is one of the things I have to get used to but I'm coping quite well.

"The most important job we have to do from now on is to learn how to stand the bike up as quickly as possible and get on the gas early out of the corner because, unlike the 125, you can't open the throttle on these bikes when they are leaned over.

"I've got a lot to think about between now and the next test and a lot of physical training to do so it will be a busy winter for me but I am certainly enjoying life as a 250 rider."

Fortuna Honda Team Manager Dani Amatriaín had refused to comment on the progress of Barberá and his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, or release their lap times, in the first two tests but expressed his satisfaction as they both clocked record pace on Tuesday afternoon.

"We are really happy with the work both riders have done so far," commented Amatriaín. "They have shown a swift adaptation to the new category over the course of the tests. We didn't want the riders to know their times initially because our main objective at the moment is their development on the bike and nothing else."

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