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A strong top ten for Hector Barbera restores his confidence after a difficult and nervous start to the weekend.
Hector Barbera was one of the riders to watch coming into the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, the Spaniard having impressed during testing as he mixed with the factory riders at the top of the standings. Nerves played a negative role in Barbera’s preparations for the race, causing him to make several mistakes during Free Practice and Qualifying. Fortunately his Avintia Ducati team remained calm and kept the Spaniard focused come race day. Starting in eighth, Barbera made some progress at the start but had several scares during the course of the race, which saw him drop back. Unfortunately one of these moments came at a critical point when Barbera was chasing the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo, allowing them to escape and costing him a seventh place finish. Even with the mistakes Barbera finished as the second Ducati rider in a respectable ninth.
In 2015 Barbera was on more or less the same bike as he is in 2016, the Ducati GP14.2. The major difference in 2016 is a change in electronics, Barbera now using the exact same package as the factory riders thanks to the introduction of unified software. Not only did this allow Barbera to finish ninth as opposed to 15th, but he was also able to finish 21.160 seconds behind the race winner, 12.465 seconds closer than in 2015. With the nerves out of the way, Barbera now aims to continue finishing inside the top ten and be as close to the factory riders as possible in the coming rounds.
Hector Barbera: “We have met the goal which was to finish in the top ten, but I still want more. We must be realistic and know that we are fighting against factory bikes, but this is not an excuse. Now we are much closer and can do more. All weekend I’ve been a little tense for the first race, I made many mistakes and couldn’t work well. This is just the beginning and our real goal is that when it’s all very well to make a fifth and when not to finish in the top ten. It was a pity I made a mistake when I was behind Pol Espargaro and Smith. We could have fought for a seventh place finish, but to still be the second Ducati is very good.”
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#squad ☑️ Cheers boys for the solid effort all weekend not the result that we all wanted but we are getting closer and closer to our goal doesn't the livery look sweet