In some MotoGP races there are various candidates for victory. In most, the best man gets the best start and leads from the front. That was the case in Indianapolis, where five riders had looked to have had various degrees of probability for the...
In some MotoGP races there are various candidates for victory. In most, the best man gets the best start and leads from the front. That was the case in Indianapolis, where five riders had looked to have had various degrees of probability for the win, until raceday came around and the winner blitzed the rest of the field. Poleman Ben Spies and eventual victor Dani Pedrosa took off quickest, but Spies was never going to be able to hold back the Spaniard. Six laps after the lights went out, Pedrosa was in front and never looked back. Jorge Lorenzo placed on the podium behind the aforementioned duo. The World Championship saw Spanish victors in all three classes, in a frequent sight this season. Lorenzo maintains his position as leader of the overall classification.
Paginas Amarillas Aspar rider Hector Barbera had a good day results-wise, returning to the top ten. He was sixteenth on the grid following Saturday qualifying, and managed to climb six places whilst battling with his Ducati's slippy front end. The Spaniard overcame this handicap to add a further seven points to his World Championship tally, and awaits next weekend's race at Misano in order to further improve his results in his rookie year. His team will also analyse the data collected over the twenty-eight lap race in order to better configure his Desmosedici for the upcoming races that will perhaps be equally as hot as that held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
10th Hector Barbera:
"This result is fairly positive, but I can't say that I am entirely satisfied because I didn't have much fun out there. I was having front end problems right from the get-go; on each corner I had the steering tuck in and I felt like there was no grip. I had to be very focused and pay attention to every turn in order to stay upright, because it would have been very easy to have crashed. It's strange, but the heat did not help us at all, as I felt comfortable during the morning warmup and thought that a good race was possible. When the temperatures rose it took too much out of the bike. Perhaps it is due to a small change in the engine, but we will look at it in detail this week in order to be ready for Misano -where it will also be hot. It isn't logical that we should suffer with this. In any case, it is the first time that this has happened to us and we can't be too displeased with a return to the top ten. Next week we should be in peak condition again."
-source: team aspar