Barbera apologizes for taking out Pedrosa in early crash
It was a difficult weekend for the Pramac Racing Team and Héctor Barberà. The Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini had started with tricky weather conditions (that hampered all three free practice sessions), and it finished with Héctors crash during the first lap.
Getting back on the track after a six-week absence, Héctor was eager to ride his Ducati again, but unfortunately his race finished too early for him to demonstrate his potential. Héctor lost the front of his bike in one of the first few corners, crashing and taking World Championship contender Dani Pedrosa out as well. The error was obviously unintentional and Héctor extends his apologies to the rider and his team.
The next round is scheduled in two weeks and it will take place in Aragon, Spain.
Héctor Barberà “It’s a shame. I was impatient to get back on the track, but my adventure finished too early to enjoy myself. Unfortunately, when I followed Danis wheel I lost my braking point and hit the brakes far too late. I tried to slow the bike down, but I lost grip on the front. Im very disappointed, even more so because I took out Dani in the process and that was the last thing that I wanted to happen. It was my fault that he crashed out and I apologise profusely to him for that. I also apologise to my team that worked so hard this week. Now I have to wait another two weeks, but I will be ready for the Spanish round.
Francesco Guidotti - Pramac Racing Team Manager It’s a shame about the early crash. Héctor really did not mean it. We are sad, in particular because the crash caught up the World Championship contender, Pedrosa. Héctor was trying to gain places but he lost his braking reference and hit the brakes too hard, losing grip and sliding into Dani. All the Pramac Racing Team apologize to Pedrosa and his crew.
Source: Pramac Racing Press Release