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Another impressive showing from Hector Barbera as the start of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship draws closer.
Having already surprised in Sepang and Phillip Island, Hector Barbera continued to prove once more that he is still a threat even aboard the old Ducati GP14.2. The end of the day saw the Avintia Racing rider do a run of 14 consecutive laps in an attempt to better understand how his bike will behave over race distance. This was especially important for the team in order to understand the fuel consumption with the new regulations. Although his pace was steady, Barbera was not quite able to match the pace of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) but remained happy with his day’s work. A best time of 1’55.815 before his race run saw the last Open Class World Champion end the day fifth and ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) on the factory bike.
Michelin also brought two new front tyres for the test but Barbera felt his bike only worked well with one of the options. As such he and his team chose to save a set of tyres for Friday. The final day of MotoGP™ pre-season testing begins on Friday at the Losail International Circuit,
Hector Barbera: “I’m happy because today we could work without any incident and from the first time out my feeling with the bike was great. I was immediately fast, lapping low 56s quite easily and every time I went back on track I made improvements. We did a small race simulation, mainly to check the fuel consumption, and it was very positive because my pace was constant. Everyday the first race is closer and everyday we are more ready, improving in every test, I’m fast and I feel better with the bike. Today we finished the plan at nine so we stopped, we only have four front tyres that work with our bike, yesterday we used two, today one and we kept one for tomorrow. Once again I want to thank my team because one more day they we giving their 100%.”
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