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Barbera plays it safe for personal best
5 April 2011
Hector Barbera has lowered his MotoGP personal best finish to sixth position, despite admitting to struggling throughout the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Spaniard, who qualified sixth in Qatar but finished outside the top ten in the race, enjoyed a reversal in fortunes at Jerez, qualifying down in 13th position but rising up the order as others around him struck problems.
One of only a handful of riders to keep the bike upright and experience no mechanical issues, Barbera reveals he spent the race focusing on reaching the chequered flag, rather than pushing for speed.
His perseverance was duly rewarded with a run to sixth position in his home race, improving a previous best finish of eighth.
“We had a very strange race,” the Aspar Ducati rider said. "After five laps I realised that the bike couldn't have slid about more if I had tried. I knew that the wet conditions would be a handicap, and the asphalt had very little grip. I decided to brave it out and try to use my skill to keep upright.
“I think that it was the weirdest race of my life, and I was able to get my best result in MotoGP. I don't really know how to express how I feel, but I am happy. This result is going to be very good for us, and it is a morale boost for us in a weekend that hadn't gone quite as we had hoped.
“Maybe I didn't ride as fast as I had intended, but seeing so many riders hit the deck made me think that it was better to be prudent. I suppose the majority of us riders thought the same. I feel comfortable with the way I am riding, and it is the first time that I have felt so good in the wet as a MotoGP rider.”
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