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Hector Barbera outlines his aims for 2016 after ending the Sepang test in third overall after impressing on his GP14.2 on all three days.
The first MotoGP™ test of 2016 ended successfully for Avintia Racing, with Hector Barbera among the fastest riders on the track during the three days. The Spaniard adapted quickly to the new electronics and the Michelin tyres, which are another novelty for the season. Barbera knows his Ducati, and although it is a bike that has received no developments since late 2014, he has managed to squeeze out its full potential to be mixing it with the Factory riders. Rain on Wednesday stopped Barbera attempting a race simulation but he still managed to set a time of 2’01.434 on the hard tyre, but it was his 2'00.387 that he achieved on the soft rear tyre on Tuesday that put him above the likes of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez on the combined timesheets.
In two weeks he will be back in action at Phillip Island, a circuit that is well suited to Barbera and also Ducati. There he will continue to work towards the first Grand Prix of the 2016 season, which takes place on March 20 in Qatar.
Hector Barbera: “I'm happy because we finished last season brilliantly and we have managed to start well and be strong this year. During the three days I've been in the top ten, and that will be our aim for the season, to repeat these kind of results. We must be realistic and go step by step. Three years ago we were battling to finish in the top 20, then last year we were fighting for the points and it would be great this year to be consistently aiming for the top ten and anything more will be very welcome. The team worked very well over all three days and we now know the bike pretty well considering we have been working with it for two seasons and have completed many kilometres on it, which means we have lots of data collected for all of the circuits. I think the key will be in adapting the electronics, as the tyres are the same for everyone, so that is our aim now. I cannot wait to get to Australia to continue working.”