The day began overcast and there had been rain overnight, but the GP of Catalonia eventually took place under the same dry, hot conditions as the two preceding days of practice sessions. Jorge Loreno won again to send the home crowd away happy,...
The day began overcast and there had been rain overnight, but the GP of Catalonia eventually took place under the same dry, hot conditions as the two preceding days of practice sessions. Jorge Loreno won again to send the home crowd away happy, but the race wasn't as straightforward as the time difference suggests. Dani Pedrosa took the holeshot and went to break away, but pushed too hard on the opening corner and let his rival pass. Dovizioso also had a crack at derailing the Lorenzo victory train, but he also buckled under the pressure and crashed before the halfway point. Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner were the three riders to step onto the podium when the dust settled.
After three races outside the top ten, Paginas Amarillas Aspar rider Hector Barbera was back in the upper end of the results table at Montmelo. The Spaniard rode at a slower speed to normal on the opening three laps, before finding his way on the back wheel of Ducati factory rider Nicky Hayden. Nine laps from the end, Barbera was up to tenth, and he kept the place until the chequered flag was shown. Lacking confidence in his front end for the entire weekend, the race result was the most positive part of the weekend for the MotoGP rookie. Not content to rest on his laurels, Barbera is out for further breakthroughs at Sachsenring in two weeks time.
10th Hector Barbera:
"This race was rather better for me than the last two, and today we began to find the right path to follow. However, I am not completely happy, because we still have room for improvement and have to work hard to place higher up with every race. I was about half a second down on pace today. My start wasn't great, and I tried to follow Hayden during the race. Tenth isn't a bad result, but it leaves a bittersweet taste in my mouth because I could have done even better. Our main gripe is having to fight to control the front end; from lap fifteen onwards the steering was locking up on nearly every corner. We have got better, because I was a lot more comfortable in the race than in practice, but we need to work more on this. The majority of riders were on hard tyres, but I chose a soft front -simply because I didn't feel at all comfortable with the hard version. The end of the race had two fast turns in which I was sliding everywhere, losing me nearly half a second. We have taken another step forward with respect to other races, but we still have to improve."
-source: team aspar