Barbera finishes outside the top ten after struggling with lack of confidence in the bike
After two days of practices under a blazing sunshine, the Gran Premi de Catalunya got underway without rain, but with the air temperature considerably lower compared to the past days.
Hèctor Barberà didnt get a great start but he was able to achieve a step forward, moving into 10th place before the end of lap one. The Pramac Teams’s sole rider managed to remain in the top ten for more than 20 laps, but toward the end he was joined and overtaken by the official Yamaha rider Ben Spies, arriving at the chequered flag in 11th position.
With five rounds having been done, the overall standing have the Pramac Team and its rider remaining steadily in the top ten, taking home more important points for the World ranking.
Tomorrow all the Premier Class riders will stay in Barcelona to take part in an official MotoGP one-day test and try various setups on their machine.
Hèctor Barberà 11th place “Its a shame. We began the Catalan weekend in a great way, but today the cards were shuffled during the 25 laps of the race. From the first laps I struggled to find the right confidence with my Ducati GP12 and I had to use a map that took power from my bike, so I lost touch with the riders ahead. For the majority of the race I managed to hold the 10th place, riding with my pace, even if I didnt enjoy myself, because I was alone. Unfortunately, three laps before the white and black flag, I lost my position to Spies. It was a difficult race. We had completely different plan for this Spanish round but now we have to prepare ourselves for the next race in Silverstone in two weeks.”
Francesco Guidotti - Pramac Racing Team Manager
This was one of those races which we have to leave behind in our memory. Starting tomorrow morning the Pramac crew will work tirelessly to rebound in Silverstone, looking for a result that will match our potential.
Source: Pramac Racing