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Barbera: “I’ve always been far from the limit of the tyres”

Barbera: “I’ve always been far from the limit of the tyres”

Quietly going about his business, Hector Barbera did 100 laps in Valencia and ended 14th.

The 2015 season was an incredible one for Hector Barbera as the Avintia Racing rider took the last Open class title. In 2016 the MotoGP™ World Championship will all run under the same class, all riders and teams running the 17-inch Michelin tyres and the same unified software system. Barbera enjoyed his time on the new Michelin tyres as the Spaniard felt they immediately gelled with his style. All the MotoGP™ riders have been full of praise for the high levels of rear grip offered by the new rubber but many have also struggled to find the limit with the front tyre. Along with new tyres Barbera was also learning the Ducati GP14.2 machine.

A 1’31.937 during the second day saw Barbera end the test in 14th and ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Ducati GP15. Alongside learning the tyres, electronics and bike, Barbera also tested a new swing arm and various suspension parts. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but fortunately for Barbera he and the rest of the Ducati riders will have another test in Jerez before the end of the year to continue their development work.

Hector Barbera: “It has been a very positive test as we were able to try the new tyres and the bike we’ll use for next season. I wanted to get feeling and although I push a little bit more at the end of the session, I’ve always been far from the limit of the tyres. The Michelin tyres suit quite well for my style and this make me happy. I also like the bike, the engine feels more powerful and with the new chassis the bike feels lighter. But I need to rest some days before Jerez, because I lived too many emotions in the last few days with my home Grand Prix, the title and the test, I was stressful. This test were important to get information, but I need to have some mental rest, I’ll keep training as usual, but I need to disconnect for some days. Overall I’m happy because I think that the tyres and the electronics will make MotoGP class more balanced, and we could see that today with Iannone, who is the fastest Ducati and he’s not so far from us. I’m also happy with my new teammate, because the level of the team is higher when you have two competitive riders, Valentino and Lorenzo are a good example. I’m no saying we are to fight for the title, but for sue we’ll grow next season.”

MotoGP, 2016, VALENCIA MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T2, Hector Barbera

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