Barbera heads To Assen In High Spirits
The MotoGP teams and riders have had a week to recover from the first back-to-back races of the season (Catalunya – Silverstone) and now they must prepare for another pair. The first is one of the most prestigious of the season, taking place at the ‘Cathedral’ of modern motorcycle racing. The Dutch TT at Assen, which will be quickly followed by the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, takes place in its regular slot of the final Saturday in June and is the seventh round of the current season. The championship has a new leader in the shape of Casey Stoner, who will try to extend his advantage over current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Héctor Barberá heads to Assen in high spirits. The MAPFRE Aspar rider has fond memories of the circuit, having scored the first podium of his career there and after a chaotic race at Silverstone because of the weather and a poor set-up choice the Spaniard is desperate to make up for it. Héctor is keen to re-establish himself as a force in the top ten and a change in luck will no doubt see him do that.
“The good thing about having races so close together is that you don’t lose your rhythm and if things don’t go your way in one race you quickly have the opportunity to put things right. That is the case for us because Sunday at Silverstone was a bit of a disaster. We tried a couple of things for the wet conditions but they didn’t work out. Now we can keep working hard and I am sure that at Assen, one of my favourite circuits, I can be fast with the Ducati. I had my first podium there and I always like it. Assen has some fast corners like Silverstone and I can adapt well. We had a good feeling at Silverstone in the dry so hopefully we can recreate that this weekend.”
Source: Aspar Media