Just few days after the British Grand Prix, the Pramac Ducati Team was back on track in Holland today, with Spaniard Hèctor Barberà showing a good pace at the historic Assen circuit.
In unusually dry conditions, the Green Energy Team's sole rider started off the day in 7th place in the morning free practice and hoped to improve further in the afternoon. However this was not to be as he was only able to better his morning time by 0.020 seconds, slipping back through the order after a small crash.
The Spaniard is confident that he can move up the timesheets tomorrow, using the setup of the bike with which he crashed during the free practice, due to a mistake while he was changing gear.
Tomorrow’s final practice and qualifying sessions are expected to be run in dry conditions and this should be a great weather forecast for the Green Team.
Hèctor Barberà – Pramac Racing Team Rider –
“It was a satisfying day for us. In the morning session I had a good setup on my Ducati Desmosedici and I was able to stop the clock in 1’35.296, finishing in 7th place. Unfortunately during the second free practice, I made a mistake at the entrance of a corner while I was changing gear and I crashed out. This made us change our initial plans because we lost some time fixing the second bike. Despite this small hitch I’m confident with my crew’s work and I know that we could have a more brilliant qualifying day, tomorrow.”
Francesco Guidotti – Pramac Racing Team Manager –
“Despite the small crash at the beginning of the afternoon’s session, we are gratified with today’s result. The bright spot of this warm Thursday in Holland was that the top ten riders were all within less then four tenths of a second, so tomorrow we will have a hard-fought one-hour qualifying session and we hope to wrap up in the front rows.”
Source: Pramac Racing Team