Within the space of just four days the MotoGP World Championship will have been packed up in Barcelona and rebuilt at Silverstone, the longest circuit on the calendar. One of just six to measure over five kilometres in length the British track presents a tough challenge for the MotoGP field, albeit depleted by the absence of Dani Pedrosa and possibly that of Colin Edwards, who are both recovering from collarbone injuries. Following Casey Stoner’s victory at Montmeló the Australian now has a 60% win rate already this season and is fast becoming the man to beat.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Héctor Barberá’s goal for the weekend is to bounce back from a disastrous Grand Prix of Catalunya, where he struggled to find the right set-up for his Ducati during practice and suffered during the race as a result. Far from losing heart though the Spaniard is looking to Silverstone as the ideal circuit to turn his fortunes around with a good result. As well as rediscovering his feeling with the Desmosedici, Barberá’s target is to improve on his result of eleventh from last year.
“I am really looking forward to getting to England, mainly to get rid of the bad taste in my mouth from Sunday. With the way the weekend went we just had to regard the race as another test session but I know I have more to give. We have to work hard to get the bike set up better and if we can make it easier to handle we can have a good race at Silverstone. After the race at Montmeló we decided to make some big changes to the bike and we already know what we want to test on Friday. The Grand Prix of Catalunya is in the past, we’re starting again from a clean slate and the only thing I am thinking about is a good result on Sunday. The energy from the team gives me a lot of motivation and I am determined to get that feeling back that we had with the bike at the start of the season. Silverstone is a fast circuit and I think it should suit our bike so we have the potential to do a good job.”
Source: Aspar Media
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