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Barberá: “I cannot wait to measure myself against the other riders”

Barberá: “I cannot wait to measure myself against the other riders”

The Spanish rider has strengthened physically and intensified his study of English in preparation for his debut season in MotoGP in 2010 with Team Aspar, and is looking forward to seeing the benefit of his hard work in the test in Malaysia next month.

Héctor Barberá is getting ready for his first season in the premier class of the World Championship with great enthusiasm and dedication, as the first official MotoGP test of 2010 at Sepang in February approaches. The same focus was evident last November when he undertook tests at Valencia and Jerez, where he recorded positive lap times in his first experiences with the Ducati Desmosedici.

The 23 year-old will arrive in Malaysia with a stronger physique, as a result of many hours in the gym over the past three months to increase his upper body strength. Barberá will also display an improved level of English following some hard work on a language he expects to use extensively in the MotoGP paddock.

“I did an intensive English course alongside Nico Terol and speaking the language regularly has helped me a lot, but I still need to learn more,” explained Barberá to motogp.com.

Speaking about his physical work over the winter months, Barberá stated: “After the final test in Jerez, we saw that my arms were where I needed more strength and with the help of my physical trainer that’s what I focused on. I also did some trial biking - a discipline I enjoy a lot – motocross, and cycled too. It’s important to do all kinds of biking during the off-season so as not to lose that feeling.”

Whilst keen to get aboard the 800cc prototype at Sepang, Barberá knows the test – from February 3-5 – will be another important learning step.

“It’s the first serious test with the team, with everything in place,” he said. “Along with the technical staff we’ll start working on the development of the bike and establish a way of operating. It will be too early to come to any conclusions and anything can happen. But it’s clear that the team and I are now very ready to get out on the track and measure ourselves against the other riders.”

As the single-rider entry for Team Aspar in the MotoGP class, Barberá takes great pleasure in the responsibility. He added: “Over the last two years I have been the head rider in my team, so this has helped me to deal with it. Now we have to start strongly and with a clear goal: to improve with each race and achieve good results. The team has not put me under any pressure; on the contrary they give me strength, energy and motivation.”

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MotoGP, 2010, Hector Barbera, Paginas Amarillas Aspar

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