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Barberá continues positive streak at Laguna Seca

Barberá continues positive streak at Laguna Seca

The MAPFRE Aspar rider finished ninth in his 150th GP, banishing the demons of his 2010 race retirement.

Riding at Laguna Seca for the second time, MAPFRE Aspar rider Héctor Barberá was able to claim his first finish in a US GP. Last year he was forced into retirement with a mechanical problem, but he managed to make amends in 2011. A merit worthy ninth place was his end position, and kept up a run of strong form from the last three races. His main difficulty Stateside emanated from the decision to run a softer rear tyre for the race, and the gamble didn't pay off for the Spaniard. Riding solo for most of the race and lacking rear-end grip, Barberá focused on keeping the bike upright and completing the 32-lap contest. It was a positive result on the sophomore MotoGP rider's 150th GP appearance in all classes; besides home rider Colin Edwards, no satellite rider placed ahead of Barberá.

Héctor Barberá:
"To tell the truth, it was a strange race for me today. At the start everything pointed towards me being able to achieve my target, which was to keep up with the factory Ducati bikes. However, I started to feel that I was losing the rear later on. We had put a softer tyre on the rear and the bike was moving about a lot. I had an awkward time getting onto the straights on a couple of occasions and I'm not sure why. That was when Valentino and Nicky got away from me, because I lost nearly a second over the course of two laps. I opted for a more powerful engine map after that, and I had to muscle the bike around a lot with my arms. After ten laps my shoulders began to tighten up and fatigue. The race wasn't as good as our practice sessions, but nonetheless we managed to finish ninth. On the one hand it is positive, because I consider it to be a good result. However, I am a bit disappointed with myself because I know that I could have done even more."

MAPFRE Aspar press release.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2011, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Hector Barbera, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2

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