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Best result so far for Barberá at Assen

Best result so far for Barberá at Assen

The 26-lap race of the 2012 Iveco TT Assen Grand Prix started under a blue sky and with blazing sunshine that made a decided change from yesterday’s tricky weather conditions.

Héctor Barberá took a deserved top seven finish at the legendary Circuit van Drenthe this afternoon. The 25-year-old rider from Valencia made the best start of his 2012 MotoGP campaign and he ended the first lap in sixth place, showing phenomenal early confidence to fight with Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Cal Crutchlow for most of the race.

Unfortunately, on lap twenty-one, Barberá encountered a rear tyre grip issue and was unable to maintain his consistent pace, finishing in seventh place at the chequered flag.

Héctor Barberá

“I felt great, I had a lot of energy and the confidence with my Ducati was real. I had a good feeling with the bike from the first laps and I pushed as much as I could to stay with the group composed of Valentino, Nicky and Cal. We had the same race pace and this allowed me to fight with the group. With five laps to go, I tried to overtake Cal, but I lost the rear grip and from that moment I started to have an issue with the back tyre, losing both my race pace and my confidence. I gritted my teeth until the flag to achieve seventh place and I’m happy and satisfied about the battle with the factory Ducati machines.”

Press release courtesy of Pramac Racing Team.


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