Barberá ninth fastest at Motegi

Friday, 30 September 2011

MAPFRE Aspar rider Barberá continues strong recent form with ninth fastest time on opening day.

   

The effects of jetlag and two insufferable nights with indigestion were not enough to hold back Héctor Barberá, who was ninth fastest in both of today's sessions. The Spaniard's consistent recent improvements have continued here in Japan and he made one of his better starts to a Grand Prix weekend this season. Héctor lies just 1.26 seconds off Pedrosa's best effort and with lots of ideas still to try in terms of set-up, he is hoping to make up vital positions on tomorrow's grid.

Héctor Barberá:
"I have had two rough nights, vomiting and the rest, so I am feeling pretty weak but you don't even think about that when you're on the bike. The Honda riders are doing a great job but we have our own objectives and after fighting for seventh place in the last race we can do so again here. We are doing a good job so far, we're only three tenths off seventh today and a little more than a second off the fastest time. Everything is in the right place and I know I can continue to improve tomorrow. The goal is to be the fastest Ducati and the two that are in front of us are very close. We made a set-up change at the end of the session today, playing around with the suspension height, and I think it was positive. The new track surface is good, with decent grip, and I am sure it will be even better with more rubber down tomorrow. The best thing is there are less bumps and that allows you to ride with more confidence."

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