Avintia Racing's Hector Barbera said he already feels 'very strong' with the Ducati GP14.2 after testing the new MotoGP control ECU at Jerez in Spain.
The 2015 Open Class Champion set a best lap in 1m 39.9s on the final day of the test on Friday, even though Barbera said a fast time was not at the top of his agenda.
“We could test a lot of new stuff and we collected useful information for Ducati. [It] was hard to find the best set-up with the electronics, but in the afternoon we did a step and I had really good pace,” he said.
“We made some changes, but they didn't work and we had to go back, but at the end I was lapping in low 1'40 quite easy and this is very positive. I could not do the fast lap I would like to, but we didn't really focus on that as our target was to have a constant rhythm and we did it.
“If we had to race tomorrow I think we'll be very strong. The electronics are better, it's easier when you open the throttle and also the exhaust valve helps you to stop and turn the bike,” Barbera added.
“It's soon to speak, but if we look at the pace here, from the best factory bike to ours, there is only 0.5s [difference] so I think everything will be more tight next season.”
Barbera also made sound progress with the Michelin tyres and praised the rear grip levels in particular offered by the new rubber.
“I'm also very happy with the tyres,” he said. “I already had good feeling at Valencia, but here in a circuit with different grip I felt even better with the front and the grip with the rear is fantastic.
“I'm adapting very really well and I think I'm one of the few riders that didn't crash. I go step by step, without taking risks and that why I didn't push for a lap today. Now is time to rest and then train hard to get back at Malaysia.”