Having been forced to skip the post-race Estoril test, after fracturing a vertebra during the previous day's race, Hector Barbera will be fit to participate in this weekend's French MotoGP at Le Mans.

Despite having something of an erratic reputation in 125 and 250cc racing, Barbera has made few mistakes since joining the premier-class - with the Aspar team - at the start of 2010.

Indeed, Barbera's early Portuguese exit marked the very first time he has failed to finish a MotoGP race due to rider error. Barbera's only other DNF, at Laguna Seca last year, was down to a broken chain.

Barbera finished eighth in last year's Le Mans race, his joint best result of the year.

"Le Mans is a circuit I like a lot and I tend to go well there. I had one of my best results of last season there and if I was able to do that in 2010 then I should be much better this time around," said the Spaniard.

"After a crash on the first lap of the last race I am desperate to put it behind me this weekend, especially because I know I could have done well in Portugal so I feel like I have unfinished business.

"I am totally recovered from the injury, I have been able to train and luckily there were no problems so I am very motivated. The first sector at Le Mans stands out to me because it is so fast and I also like the final bend into the front straight."

First free practice for the French MotoGP takes place on Friday morning.



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