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An elated Hector Barbera takes huge profit from the new technical rules as he finishes as the fourth fastest rider on Thursday.
The opening day of the opening round of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship got off to an almost ideal start for Hector Barbera. Of all the riders in the premier class, Barbera has perhaps seen the greatest benefit from the new technical rules as he has routinely been able to put his Avintia Racing Ducati inside the top five. Despite having tested in Qatar just a few weeks before, track conditions had changed quite a lot and Barbera focused on altering the electronics to suit the tyres and new track condition. Even though he wasn’t pleased with the condition of the track, Barbera managed a 1’55.810 to put him fourth overall.
Work will continue on Friday for Barbera and the Avintia Racing team as they look to improve the bike through mid corner and corner exit. Barbera was the only rider other than Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who topped the session, to complete more than one lap in the 1’55 range. The two Free Practice sessions on Friday will see Barbera fight for the top ten in an attempt to gain a pass directly into Q2.
Hector Barbera: “We started better than we had planned. Our aim tonight was to end up between the fifth and tenth place, so finishing fourth is like a gift for us and I’m very happy. We did a great job during the winter and now we can see the results, we are strong and this year we can fight for good results. The track condition was worse than two weeks ago, it was dirty and the bike had more spinning, especially in the middle of the turn when you start to open the throttle. But the best thing about this sport is that the conditions are the same for everybody and you have to adapt. My team is doing a great job and although we are only a few people inside the garage, we understand each other very well. We spent two weeks off the bike and I crashed twice on the last day of the test, so at the beginning the feeling was not the best. Nonetheless, this fourth place is a price win for us.”
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