MAPFRE Aspar press release
First Day At Motorland Cut Short By Electrical Fault
MAPFRE Aspar rider Héctor Barberá twelfth fastest in opening session, 1.7 seconds off top spot but with extended time available to improve tomorrow
The MotoGP and Moto2 riders were hit by an unusual setback at Aragon today, with an electrical power shortage just after second free practice for the 125cc class leading to the cancellation of the rest of the day's activities. This morning's opening session gave a brief indication of what to expect this weekend, Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Stoner setting the pace. Although Pedrosa pulled out four tenths over his Spanish compatriot Lorenzo at the end of the session and five over Stoner, their lap by lap pace was close enough to suggest an interesting battle for pole tomorrow.
Like the rest of the field Héctor Barberá went back to his motorhome with the job half done today, the MAPFRE Aspar rider also suffering the setback of an electrical fault on his bike this morning. Having been limited to just thirteen laps he was looking forward to making progress this afternoon but the untimely cancellation of the second session leaves him twelfth on the overnight time sheets, 1.7 seconds off the top but with every confidence of a major step forward tomorrow.
12th Héctor Barberá 1.52.016 (13 laps): “It was a strange day because with the cancellation of the second session you feel like you've been cut short. Even though I didn't do many laps this morning it was a productive session and the few laps I did were good ones. I was only four tenths off seventh place and I am not worried by our position today because with more track time I am sure we would have improved. I am enjoying myself a lot on the bike here – it suits my riding style and the Ducati, so I just want to keep working hard tomorrow and that's it. We had planned some set-up changes for this afternoon so we'll try those tomorrow and I am sure they'll be good.”