Babera hoping to continue good results at Le Mans: “I tend to do well there”

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The MotoGP World Championship stops in France this week as the Le Mans circuit prepares to host the fourth round of the 2012 season. The French track is one of the most technical circuits on the calendar, with the first part being the most complicated where the high speed turn one is one of the fastest in MotoGP and it is followed by a number of tight chicanes. The rest of the track is made up of short straights and hairpins, calling not just for balance and control under hard and repeated braking, but also for a neat and swift transfer from full braking to full acceleration on the exit of the corners.

After the top ten finish in Estoril, where Hector Barbera struggled with shoulder pain, the Pramac team arrives at Le Mans for the French round in a confident mood, but also with a feeling to find redemption. The Spaniard and his crew have been able to markedly improve the setup of the bike from the beginning of the MotoGP 2012 season, collecting a wealth of valuable data from their Ducati GP12, even if the weather conditions didn’’t help.

The Pramac Ducati rider is ready to kick off this new weekend of racing and he and his crew are hopeful that they can mount another challenge for a top ten finish on a circuit where he always did well, also in the smaller classes.

The first in-season MotoGP test that was scheduled for the day after Estoril race was cancelled due to a downpour, resulting in poor visibility and unfavourable track conditions. After a meeting with the teams, it was decided to reschedule the test for Wednesday, 6th of June, at Motorland Aragón, following a post-race Monday test at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona.

Hèctor Barberà “Le Mans is a circuit I like a lot and I tend to do well there. The people in Le Mans love motorbikes, they love the smell of fuel. This track has a lot of chicanes and it is fun for me. I had one of my best results of last season here and if I were able to do that in 2011 then I should do much better this year. Our main goal is fighting to stay in the top ten positions, we know we will be able to get good results around 7th place and we are working tirelessly to achieve our goal. It usually rains in France at this time of the year so let’s hope we are lucky and have a sunny weekend.”

Francesco Guidotti -– Team Manager Pramac Racing –
“We left Estoril with some good points and some valuable information from the weekend, but it’s a shame that the test was cancelled due to the rain. Anyway, we will move on together and as a team we’’re coming to France determined to continue to work on our bike and with our rider to achieve even more consistent results. We really hope to do well there in order to put us on a good foot for the busy period of June and July, when the Championship will really start to take shape.”

Source: Pramac Ducati

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