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Barbera to run new swingarm at Indy

MotoGP rookie Hector Barbera hopes that a switch from the aluminium to carbon fibre version of the Ducati swingarm will help him beat his MotoGP best of eighth in this weekend's Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Paginas Amarillas Aspar rider is currently the highest placed satellite Ducati in the world championship, in twelfth, and is hoping for a solid points haul this weekend to help put disappointment at the first American round behind him.

Barbera suffered his first and so far only DNF of the year after a chain problem at Laguna Seca.

"Indianapolis is a circuit I like quite a lot and where I hope to score a good result. Nobody has great references there because this is only the third time MotoGP has been there," began the Spaniard.

"The Brno test was very fruitful for us because we tested the carbon swingarm and I think it could work well for us this weekend at Indy.

"My opinion is that the carbon version feels more stiff and gives you more stability in the faster corners, as well as in corner entry. The aluminium version, on the other hand, is more consistent and performs virtually the same in any kind of corner.

"I got a good feeling from the carbon one so if we can get the bike set up around it I think it could be good.

"It is important for us to be back in the positions where we belong, which is inside the top ten. We managed to do that last time out and the objective now is to improve on our best result, which was eighth at Le Mans.

"I am ready to race again after a nice break following the Czech Republic race, which I spent doing some tourism in Poland," he concluded.

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arr money or rum - Unregistered

August 24, 2010 6:29 PM

Agreed Southerner, battles between he and Sic have been some of the most entertaining in quite a few (Remember his crazy 1st turn passes in Germany? How bout that Mugello race a couple years ago? that wipe he took was insane!) What he lacks in international fans he makes up for in (carbon fiber) balls. Love to see this kid get some payback.

foz 101

August 25, 2010 11:51 AM

I agree with all the above. I rate HB as a good rider, eclipsed too often by the publicity of Simoncelli and Bautista in the 250 class. He's doing well as a rookie rider in a rookie MotoGP team and on a bike notoriously difficult to ride. I hope he gets a bit more support from Ducati, and perhaps benefits from a new Rossi-developed 990 in a year or two. Maybe as his team mate?.... discuss :p

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