After a wet start to his rookie test, new Aspar MotoGP rider Hector Barbera enjoyed more favourable weather conditions during his final day of 2009 track action at Jerez on Friday.
The 2009 250cc World Championship runner-up was once again seen on a Marlboro-liveried Desmosedici, assumed to be running the 2010 'big bang' style engine tested by the factory race team at Valencia.
Barbera, a ten time grand prix winner in the two-stroke classes, set a best time of 1min 41.7sec in the dry conditions, which is 1.882sec behind the fastest lap from May's Spanish Grand Prix, set by Yamaha's Valentino Rossi.
The best Ducati race lap at the event was a 1min 39.85sec by Casey Stoner, but Barbera compared far more favourably with the other Desmosedici GP9 riders in the race - who set a best of 1min 41.457sec (Gibernau), 1min 41.582sec (Kallio), 1min 41.986sec (Canepa) and 1min 42.036sec (Hayden).
"Today was a full day's work,” said Hector. “We focused on testing with the engine and traction control and have not have pursued lap times, rather sought to find a good set-up.
“I finished the day with 20 really good laps, and I'm happy,” he continued. “I feel we are on track, are working very well and have big room for improvement. On Thursday I went well in the wet and today I got quicker and quicker in the dry. In short every time I get on the bike we improve, which increases my desire and motivation to go further.
“So I conclude this test feeling positive, although I feel bad about having to wait for Malaysia to test again. Now I will make sure I am one hundred percent for Sepang. I think one of the important things will be to improve my physical condition during the winter."
The other Desmosedicis on track at Jerez were ridden by Vittoriano Guareschi and former grand prix racer Franco Battaini, who is set to take over some of Guareschi's duties as the former makes the move into Ducati Marlboro team management. The Ducati test riders remained for a third day on Saturday.
The next MotoGP track action will be the rookie test for Honda riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Marco Simoncelli at Sepang in Malaysia on December 21-23. The next official MotoGP test, for the full field, will then be held back at Sepang in early February.
Rizla Suzuki rookie Alvaro Bautista had his extra test at Estoril last week.