Top ten grid slot for Hector Barbera at Sepang
Hector Barbera and Avintia Racing were once again fastest Open Class entry on Saturday, and after going straight to Q2 with a fantastic 2’00.332 lap in FP3, the Spaniard will start tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix from tenth position in the fourth row of the grid.
But it wasn’t just one fast lap. Hector has been working hard during the FP4 to find the best set up for his Ducati Desmosedici GP14.1, and after doing a 15 laps race simulation, he is ready to race tomorrow.
The target is the Top Ten, because even though he has a good pace for the first laps, the race will get more difficult for him later on when the rear tyre starts to drop, since the Open Class electronics are not as good as the factory ones. Nevertheless, this is an excellent result and it will be crucial tomorrow to win the Open Class and score some valuable Championship points.
HECTOR BARBERA #8 / 10th (P1 Open) 2’00.724 @HectorBarbera
Today was a great day and I’m really happy. This morning we did fifth and it was incredible. In the afternoon we have been working during the FP4 ahead the race and then in qualifying I was not able to give my best, but anyway we are tenth and we have to be happy. We are in good shape, the bike is ready and I’m confident for tomorrow’s race. I need to get a good start and try to go with the leading pack to get some advantage before tyre performance starts to drop. Our target remains to win in the Open Class, but it’s obvious that when you see yourself with more options, you always want more. The race will be long and physically hard, but my team did a great job and I’m ready to fight.