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Difficult race for Pramac’s Héctor Barberá

Pramac Racing rider Héctor Barberá did not get a brilliant start and dropped from eighth to eleventh place on the first lap at the Estoril GP, as he struggled to find confidence with his GP12.

On lap two Barberá was able to pass factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden, but pain in his shoulder didn’t allow him to get the full potential of his bike. His top-ten position has put him into the top ten in the overall World Championship standings with 19 points after three rounds.

The Pramac Racing team will remain at Estoril tomorrow for a MotoGP test session before heading to Le Mans in two weeks’ time for round four.

Héctor Barberá

"I am bitterly disappointed with today. After a lot of hard work by the crew this weekend we started the race with a very competitive setup and I was feeling good. On lap five I started to struggle a lot due to a physical issue with my shoulder and I wasn’t able to use the full potential of my GP12, losing the group in front of me that included Stefan Bradl and Ben Spies. Toward the end I decided to manage my position and I preferred to take home some important points in order to remain into the top ten in the overall World Championship."

Francesco Guidotti – Team Manager

"The race was more difficult than we expected, due to a less-than-stellar start. In addiction, at the beginning, Hèctor struggled to overtake the rider in front of him, losing the contact with Bradl and Spies and he stayed in 10th place for the last 26-laps. Now we are focusing on the next race, which will took place in a couple of weeks in France."

Press release courtesy of Pramac Racing.

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MotoGP, 2012, Hector Barbera, Pramac Racing Team

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