MotoGP »

MotoGP Australia: Barbera sets sights higher on factory Ducati

'Now I know the team and the bike better, and I know that we have everything we need to do well' - Hector Barbera.
Hector Barbera feels primed to take a step forward with the factory Ducati GP16 after being confirmed as Andrea Iannone's replacement once again for Phillip Island.

Iannone has been out since he sustained a fracture to his T3 vertebra at Misano. Barbera was granted permission by his Avintia Racing team to fill in for the Italian at Motegi in Japan.

The Spaniard qualified in a strong eighth place but his prospects were thwarted when he fell on lap nine of the race while holding seventh position.

Former Australian Superbike champion Mike Jones will again ride alongside Loris Baz in the Avintia team at his home circuit after making his MotoGP bow in Japan, taking over Barbera's ride.

Barbera said: “Phillip Island is a track that is good for my riding style, and it's also good for the Desmosedici GP, because it has fast corners and other corners where the engine counts a lot.

“When I joined the Ducati Team at Motegi, it was all new for me: now I know the team and the bike better, and I know that we have everything we need to do well. The reality is that for me this is an incredible opportunity, and I'd like to thank Ducati and Avintia once again.

“Over the past few days I've been very calm, trying to take in all the information I picked up last weekend, but it's obvious that we will be aiming to make a further step forward at Phillip Island.”

Rookie Jones is hoping for a less daunting test on home soil this weekend as he prepares for his second premier class experience with the Ducati GP14.2.

“I'm very excited to be racing the second time in MotoGP at my home circuit on Phillip Island. It is fantastic to be racing with Avintia Racing and Ducati again, because I got to know the team last week when I raced with them at Motegi,” Jones said.

“It's great to have another opportunity with them on Phillip Island this weekend. I think things should be a little bit easier for me, as I know the circuit and I also know the bike, so hopefully things will go a bit smoother this weekend.

“I'm very excited because since it's my home GP, there will be a lot of support and the atmosphere will be fantastic. I can't wait to jump on the bike


Tagged as: barbera , Iannone

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Barbera, Japanese MotoGP Race 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
BArbera, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Iannone, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Iannone, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Iannone, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Barbera, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Barbera, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.