Czech GP: Team Aspar race report

Barbera takes another Top10 finish at Brno The Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno looked to be on course for another Dani Pedrosa breakaway, but instead victory went to Jorge Lorenzo in another dominant display from the Spanish riders. The start...

Barbera takes another Top10 finish at Brno

The Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno looked to be on course for another Dani Pedrosa breakaway, but instead victory went to Jorge Lorenzo in another dominant display from the Spanish riders. The start of the race saw the front row riders take off well, but slowly Spies and later Pedrosa dropped off Lorenzo's tail and left him to take the chequered flag on his lonesome. There were precious few battles in positions one though seven, with the closest battle coming in that for eighth place. Riders will stay behind in Brno for a one-day test at the circuit on Monday, with the next round the first post-break flyaway as the circus hits Indianapolis in the United States.

You had to go all the way down to the sixteenth number on the timesheet at the end of the first lap in order to find Hector Barbera's name, and that was with the Spanish rider having started from ninth place. The Paginas Amarillas Aspar rider did not buckle under the pressure, however, and gave a demonstration of how to regroup and keep a clear head with a clear strategy for his comeback. Crashes from other riders and his own sheer persistence meant that the rookie crossed the line ninth at the end of the race, concluding a positive weekend in which Barbera returned to the top ten. He now has 48 points to his name and has finished every race but one, with a test in Brno on Monday and a race at Indianapolis his next challenges.

9th Hector Barbera: "It rained in the warmup and I didn't have enough time to do a practice start. I began the race with a new clutch, in order to avoid a repeat of what happened at Laguna Seca when I used an old one. I got off the line really badly and nearly dropped back to last place, but with a bit of patience I was able to get my bearings back and start the comeback. With the pace that I had by the looks of the timesheets, I could have caught Edwards at the end. It is positive to see that we are improving our pace little-by-little, but we have to learn to make the most of the opening laps because they are normally the key to the race. The team are really supporting me and we are working well -I am happy- but we have to develop with every race. I am finding top form and the series is heading to a run of races at traces that I like, so we have to make the most of them the best that we can. We are testing here tomorrow and the time will be fundamental for our next race, so we have to work hard."

-source: team aspar

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Hector Barbera , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa