Tough race for Barberá in Mugello

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Pramac Racing Team rider Héctor Barberá rode hard to take the 9th position in scorching hot temperatures during the Gran Premio D’Italia at the Mugello track in Tuscany this afternoon.

Starting from the third spot on the grid for the first time in his whole MotoGP career, Barberá slipped a few places at the start, exiting turn two in seventh. After another three laps, the Spaniard established himself in a group that included Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow, fighting for sixth position. Despite pushing hard to remain in the battle for the top six, Barberá was unable to maintain his early pace, holding onto 8th place alone, until three laps to go, when he lost his place in favour of Casey Stoner.

Héctor Barberá

"I’m really disappointed and a bit mystified because I’ve felt good all weekend and we got the bike working really well on this track.
I don’t know what happened during today’s 23-lap race, but I struggled a lot to find the right confidence with my bike, especially when I had to change direction, as my Ducati slid a lot. And at this track you have got a lot of fast changes of direction that are crucial to setting good times and maintaining a fast race pace. Both the air temperature and the track temperature were quite similar to yesterday and I don’t understand what changed compared to the practice sessions.
Today I didn’t enjoy myself and it was a shame, because Mugello is one of my favourite tracks."

Press release courtesy of Pramac Racing Team.

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