Barbera happy with test day despite rain The MotoGP riders were back on track at Brno today as the traditional post-Czech GP test took place, with two four hour sessions scheduled -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Conditions were...
Barbera happy with test day despite rain
The MotoGP riders were back on track at Brno today as the traditional post-Czech GP test took place, with two four hour sessions scheduled -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Conditions were perfect for the morning session and the first hour of the afternoon, until a downpour brought an early end to proceedings. Whilst not everybody tested 2011 material it was a vital opportunity to prepare for the second half of the 2010 season. Paginas Amarillas Aspar rider Hector Barbera, who took an excellent ninth place in yesterday's race, tested a carbon swingarm on his Ducati as well as working on sweetening power delivery of his engine in corner entry. The Spaniard was satisfied with the job done over 47 laps before the rain came.
Hector Barbera 1.58.017 (47 laps): "Even though it rained this afternoon we got through quite a lot of laps today. We tested the carbon swingarm as planned and the results were positive. We're going to give it the benefit of any doubt at the next race and run it from the start. We did some back to back tests with the aluminium version in the afternoon and I was a second slower although it is hard to compare properly because we hardly did any laps before it rained. My opinion is that the carbon version feels more stiff and gives you more stability in the faster corners, as well as in corner entry. The aluminium version, on the other hand, is more consistent and performs virtually the same in any kind of corner. I got a good feeling from the carbon one so if we can get the bike set up around it I think it could be good for us."
-source: team aspar