Great day for Barbera, starting from third row
The second European round of the 2012 season continued today with the 60 minutes of the qualifying session which decided the starting grid of the last Portuguese race, finally under a fully sunny sky.
Pramac Ducati rider Hèctor Barbera put his Ducati GP12 on to the 8th spot on the grid in Estoril this afternoon, in a close qualifying session which saw the first ten riders all within a second of one another. The young rider from Valencia made a great step forward from yesterday, finding over 0.9 seconds from day one.
Tomorrow’s race will get underway at 13:00 local time, one hour earlier compared to Central European Time.
Hèctor Barberà – 8th – 138.006
“I struggled a little yesterday, in particular because of the tricky track condition, but today I’m much happier and confident with my GP12. I’m so happy to be the most consistent and fastest Ducati on the field, even if toward the end I could have dropped more than 3 tenths of a second. Today’s result highlights the excellent work done by my crew and I have to say thanks to everybody.”
Marco Rigamonti – Crew Chief Pramac Racing Team
“We are happy about today’s result, even though we could have achieved also the second row on the grid. Nonetheless we were able to work constructively for the whole day and this made a great base for tomorrows race.”
Source: Pramac Racing