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Barbera: “It’s hard to make this bike turn”

Barbera: “It’s hard to make this bike turn”

Hector Barbera secures eighth in Le Mans, a track he was not optimistic about coming to.

One of the biggest issues with the GP14.2 when it was raced by the factory Ducati squad was trouble turning. These issues have been eased in recent seasons but the technical Le Mans circuit in France still highlights the issues with the bike. After a difficult time in Qualifying on Saturday and starting in 13th, contact in the first corner dropped him back to 21st place. What followed was a great comeback ride, Barbera picking his way up to 12th by lap ten. Lap after lap he overtook riders, and benefitted from the crashes of several others, ending in eighth place and as the second highest Ducati. This was Barbera’s fifth straight top ten finish in a row, his longest run of consecutive top tens in the premier class. These great results have Barbera eighth in the championship and the leading Ducati rider.

Hector Barbera: “To be honest I have to be happy with eighth place. Le Mans has been always a difficult track for me, basically because it features multiple changes of direction and as we could see at Austin, it’s hard to make this bike turn. But as I said, the position is good and we keep scoring points in every race. The race was really hard fought, and it was a shame losing the battle for seventh in the last lap. I had a contact at the beginning of the race and I moved back to the last place, so I had to recover lap by lap. There were many crashes and for sure that helped us today, but the track conditions were the same for everybody and I was more conservative and waited for my moment to attack. The team did a great job this weekend, we have been patient and we got the best possible result with our package. Overall I’m happy because we were able to fight during all the race.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC, Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing, Reaction

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