Barberá storms to first premier-class front row at Italian GP

Pramac Mugello QP
Saturday, 14 July 2012

Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá put in a great effort during qualifying for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello today, as he put his satellite Desmosedici third on the grid for the first time in his premier-class career.

The Spanish rider was ecstatic with his performance at the Tuscan track: "It's the first time I’m on the front row and I'm very happy because this year we have four Yamahas and four Hondas on the grid that are very difficult to beat. And our bike is not official; it’s a satellite machine. But the team is at a very high level and has worked very well this weekend. I am very satisfied."

The Valencian rider did his best lap today without sticking to the rear wheel of another rider, and has taken the opportunity to silence some of his rivals, who accuse him of always looking to benefit from the slipstream of others. "The riders that have spoken out have winning bikes, yet I have a bike that has had no changes since I got it last November. It has never evolved," Barberá pointed out.

"A bike is born at the factory and then evolves with the help of many engineers...we have a very basic bike, with one engineer and nothing else. Sometimes you need some help to progress. As I say, four Yamahas, four Hondas and two official Ducatis are very hard to beat. When everything works for you it’s easy to go alone, but there are some tracks where that does not happen. I am also the only rider on this bike, because Abraham is not a reference right now."

"Sometimes you have to see how others cope on your bike. Here they all do. With Hayden and Valentino - and vice-versa. We make our own way, with our own style, and everything is more complicated. So it is true that in the final minutes of practice I seek a tow, as does Valentino. When he was on a Yamaha he didn’t. That means that you need help to get a little higher (in qualifying)."

Discussing his chances in the race this Sunday, Barberá notes: "We did a good job, but for us to win the race means being the best Ducati. In the eyes of the media and others we are the same, but this is our goal and our hope, and every time we're getting closer to this goal. We have the pace to stay with the Ducatis, and perhaps to even finish sixth or seventh would be a good result."

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