Strong Sachsenring Showing For Barbera Despite Early Incident
MotoGP action in Germany was spellbinding stuff from 11am to 3pm this Sunday, with three fantastic races for fans to enjoy. The main course of the premier class capped things off in the best possible way, with a close contest that kept spectators guessing. Dani Pedrosa completed a Spanish treble across the three classes (together with Héctor Faubel in 125cc and Marc Márquez in Moto2). Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner had an entertaining battle at the front that was settled on the final corner, joining Pedrosa on the podium. Dovizioso, Spies and Simoncelli had an engaging tussle further back.
Héctor Barberá has found his way again with the satellite Ducati, and is reaping the rewards of some hard work. Two weeks ago he rode his best MotoGP race to date, and today he could have repeated that -were it not for a setback on lap two. In avoiding a collision with another rider, the MAPFRE Aspar man went straight on and rejoined the action in last place. He refused to let the incident affect him adversely, and picked up his pace to give another strong showing. His fastest lap of 1.22.588 was the seventh quickest of the entire MotoGP field, and was only seven tenths slower than that of racewinner Dani Pedrosa’s new Sachsenring record. Barberá moved up from seventeenth to eleventh by the time the chequered flag was waved.
The next MotoGP round takes place next Sunday, at Laguna Seca in the United States.
11th Héctor Barberá:
“The only setback in the race today was that I ran off track so early. I enjoyed the rest of the race as if was a kid. I arrived at a hard braking point, and stopped right at the same place as in practice, but this time I had a rider just in front of me when I lifted my head up. I had to take evasive action so as not to crash into him. I went off, and from then on my target changed. I wanted to push as hard as possible and ride in similar times to in practice. Analysing the times afterwards, I had a great pace for the entirety of the race, and could have finished in the top seven. I feel good, because I worked well during the entire race and made a tremendous effort. My bike also worked very well. On the other hand, it is a shame to have my race affected by an isolated incident at the start.”
Source: Aspar Media