Barbera Confident Of Good Sachsenring Race Pace
All signs appear to point to the German MotoGP race being a thriller on Sunday. Further hints were dropped in qualifying as to just how close the racing could be, with Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Simoncelli and perhaps Spies and Dovizioso showing the required pace to challenge for victory. Lorenzo and Simoncelli dominated the early part of the session, but the final ten minutes saw Stoner and Pedrosa snatch front row spots and show that they are not to be ruled out of any fight for the win. The top sixteen riders were all separated by just 1.6 seconds, so expect battles every step of the way once the lights go out on Sunday.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Héctor Barberá is raring for 2pm local time to come around on Sunday, with the hope of a strong result at the Sachsenring. Two weeks ago at Mugello he had one of his best MotoGP races to date, and is keen to repeat or better that showing tomorrow. The 2010 German GP was one of his better performances of his rookie season, and he looks to be in good shape one year on. The Spaniard qualified eleventh but less than a second off pole position. Had it not been for traffic on the racing line, he may even have been even closer to the front row. Barberá will be highly motivated to round off a positive weekend with a meritable finish.
11th Héctor Barberá 1.22.676 (31 laps):
“I am riding as fast as the best Ducati -I’m only three tenths off. I think that we have worked really well this weekend and should be on a par with the official Ducatis tomorrow. Maybe we will even be ahead of them. I will start from eleventh, but I think that this doesn’t fully reflect the form that we have this weekend. I can easily get into the top ten if I get a good start. I prefer not to think about results though, and concentrate on enjoying the race as much as I did at Mugello. I could have qualified further up the order, but I had Hayden on me and my lap was interrupted. He made a movement that indicated that he was going to ease off and move away from the racing line, but then he came back on and cut me off. It’s a shame, because I would have liked to have been higher up on the grid, but I am relaxed because I know what kind of pace we have for tomorrow.”
Source: Aspar Media