The second day of practice for the German Grand Prix started in a cheerful way, with Hector taking eighth place in the morning and therefore moving up to the Q2 qualification run of the Top 12 riders of the MotoGP category.
After his return to the garage, he presented team principal Raul Romero with a special helmet, a gift for his upcoming birthday. But the day got even better for Barbera and Avintia Racing, when the Spanish rider jumped up to second place in the decisive 15-minutes qualifying session, leaving everybody speechless.
With this result, Barbera improved on his third place that he achieved at Mugello in 2012, which had been his first ever front row start in a MotoGP race.
Without a doubt, Barbera’s achievement today would have been almost impossible without pole-setter Marc Marquez as a reference on his fastest lap, but considering the fact that Barbera rides a motorcycle with the technology of 2014, second place is an incredible result in itself, regardless of the circumstances.
Tomorrow, Barbera’s goal is to simply enjoy the race and to achieve the best result possible.
Hector Barbera | 1’21.572 | P2
“I’m over the moon, because this is my best result ever in a MotoGP qualification. Sachsenring is a track were our expectations were very high, but to achieve second position is more than we ever dreamt of, just incredible! This front row starting position is a way to thank the team and everybody who believes in this project. The team is doing a fantastic job and it’s fair to say that even though it is such a big surprise to be in front, it also shows that we have the capacity to achieve success, which we showed today. Our motorcycle is two years old, which is noticeable, because you always have to give a little bit extra. We don’t know if it will be a dry of a wet race tomorrow, but whatever the conditions will be, I will try to do my very best and leave from here with a good result!”
Source: Avintia Racing
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