Australian GP: Team Aspar race report

Solid Ride For Hector After Cautious Start The sun came out at Phillip Island around 4pm Sunday, right on cue for the start of the MotoGP race. A reduced lineup of riders took to the grid, with Dani Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi absent through ...

Solid Ride For Hector After Cautious Start

The sun came out at Phillip Island around 4pm Sunday, right on cue for the start of the MotoGP race. A reduced lineup of riders took to the grid, with Dani Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi absent through injury alter starting the weekend in Australia. That meant that any finisher would claim Grand Prix points. Unlike in 125cc and Moto2, the MotoGP race went exactly as predicted. Casey Stoner broke free instantly and was incredibly fast on his home track, Jorge Lorenzo followed at a distance and the real interest came in the battle for third, won by Valentino Rossi.

Paginas Amarillas Aspar rider Hector Barbera was well aware that Sunday was going to be a difficult day, even before the start of the weekend. The Spaniard suffered two crashes on Saturday that drained his confidence, causing him to make a cautious start at Phillip Island. He gradually regained form, coming home fourteenth and hoping for a considerable improvement when the world championship returns in two weeks time. The destination is Portugal, almost a home race for the MotoGP rookie.

14th Hector Barbera:
"Normally the setting that I use leaves the front end high up. Today, with all the wind, I had things very tough. The entire weekend I was struggling to find a good feeling with the bike, due to weather conditions which were like four seasons in one day. We didn't stop improving, however, and bit-by-bit I was able to ride more comfortably. I am happy that we have solved the rear grip problem that we had experienced since Japan. The result is nothing to write home about, but it leaves me feeling happy that things are clear, which will be useful for Portugal and Valencia. I started the race cautiously, especially on the opening corner, because the crashes yesterday sapped my confidence. The fact that I went out and looked to improve my pace is help in itself when it comes to regaining faith in myself. Now we go back to Europe and I can't wait."

-source: team aspar

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Hector Barbera , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa , Phillip Island