Barbera excellent 4th on opening day despite crash
The 9th round of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship kicked off today in Italy at the Mugello circuit.
After the tricky weather conditions in Germany, sunny Tuscany is a welcome change for the riders and the White and Green rider looked in fine fettle around the 5.245km track today.
The Grand Premio DItalia began very well for the Pramac Racing Team rider Hèctor Barberà, with two promising free practice sessions, despite a spectacular crash in the afternoons session.
The 25-year-old rider was able to finish the day with a great fourth place, after a big crash at the Casanova Savelli turn, while he was making a long run to try Bridgestones new tyres.
Hèctor had a consistent pace, setting a best lap time of 148.254, just 0.178 seconds off leading man Jorge Lorenzo and he also claimed the highest speed of the session with 346.7 km/h.
The Spaniard is planning to try a few changes tomorrow to try to maximise the potential of his Ducati around this high-speed track, but he is feeling relaxed after the flying start of the weekend.
Hèctor Barberà – 4th place in 1’48.254
I’m happy about these sessions and Im feeling quite good, even if I crashed out. We were making a long run to test the new tyre compound, when I crashed. I didn’t have a great feeling while I was trying the new tyre, but I decided to finish the long heat to understand the new Bridgestone’s potential. Unfortunately, after a few laps, I crashed in the gravel at high speed but I escaped relatively unscathed. In the last minutes of the afternoon session I used a new soft tyre and this allowed me to regain the confidence with my Ducati, storming into the top four.
Francesco Guidotti - Pramac Racing Team Manager
Hèctor had some issues during the long run, as he had a lack of confidence and feeling with his Ducati. But he decided to continue the run, until he crashed. After this glitch, we started again with another short run to restore Hèctors confidence both with the track and the bike. We used a soft tyre and this marked a positive step forward for us, also for tomorrows qualifying session, during which we will look to achieve the best grid position possible.
Source: Pramac Racing Press Release