Barbera looking forward to ride at Estoril
After a good Championship start the Pramac Racing Team can’t wait to face a new challenge which will take place on the Estoril Circuit in Portugal this weekend. This is the 13th edition of the Estoril Grand Prix, where Hector won one race in the past, but scored several podium finishes.
The layout of the Autodromo Fernando Pires de Silva is contrasting, featuring one of the longest main straights in MotoGP and one of the slowest corners. Several twisty sections cause the lowest average speed in the championship but the 200km/h at the fifth turn and the final Parabolica corner are two of the toughest tests of any rider’s skill and bravery. Besides that the circuit of Estoril is just seven kilometres from the Atlantic ocean and it is notorious for fast changes in weather, with spells of warm sunshine often interrupted by wild gusts of cold wind and rain.
At this circuit Hèctor had ups and downs of emotions, thanks to several podiums and great races as well as small disappointments. In any case, the Spaniard likes Estoril and hopes to continue to be in the top ten this season aboard of his Ducati GP12.
Hèctor Barberà “I like Estoril and on this track I have achieved great deal. Physically I’m fine and I know that the bike is ready for Estoril. I know that our Ducati can give us many satisfactions if we work as well as we did. In Jerez I wasn’t able to regain the confidence while I was riding my GP12 because of the tricky track conditions, even if the work of the team has been faultless. But a new and unpredictable challenge is starting…”
Francesco Guidotti – Team Manager Pramac Racing
“Estoril is a difficult track which combines slow sectors with fast ones. The last corner is without a doubt the most difficult. The rain could shuffle the cards: It may rain for all three sessions of free practice, qualifying and the race. Despite that I’m confident in the team’s work and Hèctor’s abilities, hoping to achieve a good race result.”
Source: Pramac Racing