Hector Barbera Confirmed For Aspar In 2011 The Aspar Team and Hector Barbera will continue their project together in 2011. With seven races still remaining of the 2010 MotoGP season, the Aspar Team are pleased to use the San Marino Grand Prix as...
Hector Barbera Confirmed For Aspar In 2011
The Aspar Team and Hector Barbera will continue their project together in 2011. With seven races still remaining of the 2010 MotoGP season, the Aspar Team are pleased to use the San Marino Grand Prix as the venue for the announcement that Barbera will continue a long term project with the team and Ducati. This leaves him free to concentrate on a successful conclusion to the current campaign and on gathering more experience ahead of a more competitive 2011. The Spaniard joined the Aspar Team for the 2010 season ready to tackle the biggest challenge of his career as he stepped up to the premier class. Even though it is his learning year Hector has exceeded expectations and in a field of thirteen World Champions he currently lies twelfth overall on 54 points.
Aspar Team and Hector Barbera have scored points in ten of the eleven races so far with a best result of eighth in France. The rookie has four top ten finishes to his name and with the team and rider both entering the final phase of their debut season in the premier class they have decided to mae this announcement now so that they can focus on the remainder of the campaign.
Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
"Even though this is a learning year Hector is doing a very good job in MotoGP, considering the quality of the field. With the pace he has set he would have been in the top five two years ago and it is hard to find another rider with the same level of performance and potential. As well as being a good rider, as he has shown on the track, he is an even better person and he has a very similar view of this world to us. His potential and youth, combined with the fact he is from Valencia, is also a fundamental part of our project. Ducati have supported us ever since we began this project and they agree that Hector is an excellent rider with a long career ahead. So after announcing that we will be continuing with the Italian factory next year we were keen to confirm that we'll be sticking with Hector too. It is a subject that has been on the table practically since the start of the season but we decided to make it public here in Misano considering the good form he has shown in recent races."
"I am really pleased that we will continue to take this project forward. I was calm and confident that I would stay for another year but once the contracts are signed and sealed that helps you to concentrate better and focus purely on racing. I want to thank Jorge again for his continued support and for the opportunity to race for him again. We are doing our job well, the team is helping me a lot and you know when you are part of a winning team. When I talk about the team I mean every single member, from the hospitality staff to the last mechanic. Each and every one of them do an outstanding job every day and that is why things are working well for us. This is the most difficult project I have ever been involved with because MotoGP is the highest level but I am satisfied that we are working in the right direction. Now we head to some circuits where I went well last year so we're looking to end the season on a high. I am also sure that Valentino's move to Ducati will bring a lot of experience and improve the bike
-source: team aspar