MotoGP » Catalunya MotoGP test times - Monday (Final)

MotoGP lap times as of 6pm at the end of Monday's post-race test at Catalunya.

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June 05, 2012 8:14 AM

So Barbera uses a tow. What the F do you expect. His team gets a ****ty bike from Ducati, it is not their job to develop it into magic running 20 updates behind the factory team. What is he supposed to do?
a) Accept the situation with a crap bike, ride around at the back of the proto field, team looking like nobodies, rider looking like a nobody, making sponsors unhappy
b) Maximize the situation with what you have. Tow your ass up the grid, fight all race until your tires are shagged, get your name, your team and the sponsors in the news and some screen time.

Because why in qualification it is a disrespectful tow and in the race you can suddenly sliptream your ass all the way to the line and it is a good race?
They are not there to just ride around and get bitchslapped, they are there to fight with what they have. If you need a tow, so be it. Better than hanging around in 10th place.

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 5:38 PM

I agree with you Sasha. I don't agree with touting him as a great rider because of the times he posts getting a tow. It's not like he did that time on his own. Maybe it's not plagiarism, but it's not quite the same as the guys who set the faster laps on their own. If he just got a tow once in a while, great. But he does it all the time. So much so the European commentators have taken to calling him "Caravan"

It's not his first season in MotoGP. He no longer needs a tow to find the fast line around the track. Sure, he has a crap bike. I don't argue that point either. Abraham is on the same bike and he's not out there getting a tow every single event. At least he's trying to do things on his own.


June 05, 2012 6:02 PM

@ Sparky62

Barbera is on a twin spar, and the differences in updates have more do with other aspects of the bike (electronics, swing-arms, etc.), not so much the frame itself.

@ Sasha

The same could be said for EVERY rider that has ever ridden for Ducati.

@ Rotsa ruck

Therein lies the point that everybody is trying to make. Certain people tout Barbera as some great rider "relative to his competition", and it's unwarranted.

Elza - Unregistered

July 01, 2012 5:23 PM

This game, like the rest of the MotoGP series? a great peafmrornce (as far as video games go) for us? what? how to ride a bike on a track. It 's very well demonstrates the need? to gain familiarity? with single courses (which are well done), and provides a fairly accurate representation of the driving dynamics of a real bike track (best offer yet). The game? realistic enough to show the obvious differences between a pilot with experience in track and one without. However, the games graphics are poor. Compared to the new race car like the Sims forces, the representations of the bikes are laughable. Although? obvious that the developers have devoted much effort to represent accurately the tracks, it looks like? everything he did. When I play a game like Project Gotham and blasting into a corner, I find it always easy to find my braking points, why? There is a beautifully detailed environment in which to collect and refine my brake markers. In MotoGP, there is little detail of a little

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