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Newcomer Barbera ready to go

The 2009 250cc runner-up cannot wait to get racing after what has been a long winter period
Rookie Hector Barbera says he refuses to 'truly believe' he is a MotoGP rider until racing finally gets underway for the opening round of the 2010 season at Losail, Qatar.

The Spaniard steps up to MotoGP in 2010 as part of the Paginas Amarillas-backed Aspar team, which itself is graduating to the main flight after focusing on the 125 and 250cc classes in recent years.

Expected to be in close competition with his former 250cc rivals, fellow newcomers Hiroshi Aoyama, Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista, Barbera has shown competitively during pre-season testing thus far and insists he now feels ready to race.

“I am excited and can't wait to get out on track for the first practice session of the first Grand Prix of the season. I'm really looking forward to seeing how I compare to the other riders on track.

“I know I am a MotoGP rider now but until I see myself there at a Grand Prix, actually racing with these guys, I won't truly believe it. It's fair to say pre-season was short but we have made the most of what time we had and now we're ready to race.

“Losail is a circuit I love - I've been on the podium there for the past three seasons including a win last year. I feel comfortable at circuit with a lot of fast corners, like this one. The experience of racing at night is like nothing else, it's really special. It doesn't change anything though - we have to be fast in any kind of conditions."


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AnnaSpanna - Unregistered

April 09, 2010 9:04 AM

Hector thoroughly deserves to be in MotoGP this year. He had a great year last year where he showed his consistency as well as his ability to be fighting at the top, as his second place in the 250 championship showed. I hope he does well in MotoGP and can put in some top 10 results. :)

das boot

April 09, 2010 6:27 PM

A few years back I joked that I would stop watching GP it Barbera were to join the big class, and yet here he is. I just can't find myself to stop watching. How soon until he lets his emotions get the best of him and he starts pulling lame brain moves. Maybe he has matured? Martinez wanted a GP team, had a Spanish sponsor and needed a Spanish rider, I guess Barbera was his only decent choice.



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