Having cracked the top ten for the first time at Le Mans, Hector Barbera is searching for a similarly strong result on his first visit to Mugello as a MotoGP rider.

The Spaniard finished eighth in France on the Paginas Amarillas Ducati, the best finish yet for any of the 250GP graduates so far this season.

Up to tenth in the overall standings, Barbera is now turning his attentions to Mugello, where he is expecting the fast, flowing circuit to suit both his riding style and his Ducati.

"I am feeling very motivated about the Italian Grand Prix this weekend and I am keen to continue improving my results. Mugello is a circuit I love and I have always enjoyed riding there. To be going to Italy on the back of a race like the one we had in France is exciting because I know I can be fighting for top ten finishes at every race.

"This is also Ducati's home race and the circuit where the bike was effectively born and developed. I'm sure this will be an extra source of motivation for all the Ducati riders, as will the support of the Italian fans, who are very passionate - like the Spanish fans.

"Mugello is characterised by fast corners and you need a smooth riding style to make up time, which suits me."

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