After three free practice sessions characterized by mixed weather conditions, the sun finally arrived at the Misano circuit, just in time for the qualifying session to decide the starting grid for tomorrow’s race at the Gran Premio di San Marino e Riviera Rimini.
The Pramac Racing Team used the sixty-minute qualifying to get Héctor re-acquainted both with the track and the bike, following the six-week absence due to his recent injury.
The white and green team spent the majority of the qualifying session trying to improve Héctor’s confidence with his Ducati machine, without looking for the best set up.
Tomorrow's twenty-minute warm-up should be used at its best to improve Héctor’s bike and make him able to fight for better positions during the race.
Héctor Barberà – Pramac Racing Team Rider – 13th place in 1’36.048: “It’s a special day: I get back on the track after two months of absence and I needed to find again the feeling to ride my Ducati. Obviously, 13th place was not where I wanted to be, but I’m optimistic about the race.
Tomorrow I’ll grit my teeth and try to decrease my lap times by one second or more and to find the best setup possible. I’m confident that we can do a steady step forward, achieving a positive result.”
Francesco Guidotti – Pramac Racing Team Manager: "Lap by lap, Héctor returned to having the right feeling with the bike, and this is the most important thing. Tomorrow we have to improve our setup, working on a variety of aspects on the bike and trying to catch a good result during the race. And I know we can do it!"
Source: Pramac Racing