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Two out of two sessions in Jerez saw Hector Barbera end as the leading Ducati rider by some distance and beat out a number of other factory
The Gran Premio Red Bull de España got off to a perfect start for Hector Barbera as he bested both the factory Ducati bikes in Free Practice 1 and 2. A 1’40.093 had the home rider conclude Friday in fourth overall and ahead of five full factory riders. Coming into the weekend the Avintia Racing man knew cracking the top five would be possible, but was well aware it would be difficult given the speed and consistency of the factory riders and their machines. Against the odds Barbera was able to consistently beat the best bikes in the world, despite his GP14.2 being several seasons older. Regardless of how the weekend plays out, this early result is a great reward for Barbera and his crew who have been working tirelessly throughout the year. After a difficult weekend in Austin, Texas, the Friday result also proves that Barbera has not lost his way and is still on track for challenging as the top Independent Team rider.
It may already be a pleasing result, but there’s no resting as the Spaniard is determined to remain inside the top ten and secure himself safe passage into Q2 on Saturday. As this is the first round of the year in his native Spain, Barbera is hoping to get a good result not only for himself but also for his many loyal fans who have stood by him even through the difficult years. Since joining the MotoGP™ World Championship in 2010, Barbera has scored points at Jerez each year with a best result of sixth in 2011.
Hector Barbera: “The Grand Prix of Spain started very well, it could not have started better. Second this morning and fourth in the afternoon. I’ve always said that fighting for the top five is very hard as we’re up against factory bikes, but today we succeeded in both sessions and for us this is already a big reward for our hard work. I am also happy because before coming here I felt like we were losing a little from where we were but we have confirmed that we are back to where we were. It’s the first GP in Spain and the first of the European tour so I think this made us come here with batteries charged and our motivation through the rood, and that was seen on the track. Tomorrow we will aim to stay in Q2 and then try to give everything for a good grid position, because in MotoGP the launch in very important.”
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