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MotoGP News. “My future will be in MotoGP. I am talking to several teams to ride a CRT and am evaluating all offers” – Hector Barbera.
Hector Barbera, confirmed on Wednesday as having lost his Pramac Ducati ride to a new 2013 line-up of Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone, intends to continue in MotoGP on a CRT bike.
Barbera, a ten-time grand prix winner in the 125 and 250cc classes, has been a satellite Ducati rider since joining MotoGP in 2010.
The Spaniard spent his first two seasons with Aspar, before switching to Pramac this year.
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Hector Barbera will return to the satellite Pramac Ducati squad at the forthcoming San Marino Grand Prix.
The Spaniard broke his leg six weeks ago in a training accident, and was forced to sit out Laguna Seca as a consequence.
He attempted to make his MotoGP return in the following grand prix at Indianapolis, but in first practice he fell heavily at Turn 16 and had to be stretchered off.
Having also been forced to miss Brno, the 25-year-old says he is ready - even if not completely fit – to return at Misano.
"I'm really excited that I'll ride this weekend on this amazing track," Barbera said. "I have a lot of good memories about Misano, especially from 2009 when I won in the middle class.
"Obviously this year it is a different situation. I didn't ride for six weeks, but I made a big effort to be ready to race this weekend and the only thing I thought about during the rehabilitation was to be back on my Ducati as soon as I could.
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With nine races and placed on file and the first half of this exciting MotoGP Championship 2012 ended, the pilots of the "Premier Class" are ready to take the second season of intercontinental flight to arrive in California, for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Unfortunately, However, the Pramac Racing Team, Hector Barbera, was forced to miss the first round in the American calendar, because of his recent accident, during a training session that caused the fracture of tibia and fibula claims. In these Hèctor day is starting rehabilitation immediately after surgery Sunday and, arguably, can not run for at least 4-6 weeks, as confirmed by Dott.Mir, the chief of plastic surgery that has worked. Hèctor will be replaced by its countryman Tony Elias, former pilot with a red and white livery, the Pramac Racing Team. Tony, in fact, during the Green Energy Team in 2008 while riding a Ducati, succeeded in conquering two podiums at Brno and Misano Adriatico. The international debut of the young Spaniard takes place in 2000 in the 125cc World Championship. In subsequent years, Tony has been a constant presence in the world championship. The highlight of his career would reach in 2010, when he became World Champion of the newly formed Moto2. Unemployed for a few days after the split of the consensual contract with Team Aspar Moto2, Tony will have the opportunity to demonstrate its potential, in the beautiful and difficult track at Laguna Seca with the Pramac Ducati Team.
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Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá put in a great effort during qualifying for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello today, as he put his satellite Desmosedici third on the grid for the first time in his premier-class career.
The Spanish rider was ecstatic with his performance at the Tuscan track: "It's the first time I’m on the front row and I'm very happy because this year we have four Yamahas and four Hondas on the grid that are very difficult to beat. And our bike is not official; it’s a satellite machine. But the team is at a very high level and has worked very well this weekend. I am very satisfied."
The Valencian rider did his best lap today without sticking to the rear wheel of another rider, and has taken the opportunity to silence some of his rivals, who accuse him of always looking to benefit from the slipstream of others. "The riders that have spoken out have winning bikes, yet I have a bike that has had no changes since I got it last November. It has never evolved," Barberá pointed out.
Hector Barbera feels he has a good race package underneath him if first practice is any indication for the rest of the weekend...
The Spaniard was ninth fastest on Thursday evening and was the second of the Ducatis behind Nicky Hayden.
Barbera was pleased with his race pace but accepts that he has work to do to get the GP12 where he wants it over a single lap.
“I’m happy with how we are working on during the free practice of today. I had a good feeling with my Ducati and we had a good race pace. We had a few small issues with the front tyre that took quite a lot of time out of our session today. We made several runs to test both the hard and the soft tyres, but the general situation didn’t improve. However we are confident on the work done and we should be able to change the situation.”
Pramac Racing team manager Francesco Guidotti agreed with his rider and feels they have a good base to work from....more here: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2012/04/barbera-happy-with-pramac-ducati-race-pace/