21 - 23 AUG |

The lowdown from Barbera: “Donington Park was incredible”

Hector Barbera made his Bennetts British Superbike Championship debut at Donington Park with the Quattro Plant – JG Speedfit Kawasaki team, deputising for the injured Ben Currie, and the Spaniard is now eager for his next opportunity with the team at Brands Hatch (June 14/15/16).

Barbera instantly impressed the team, despite never riding a BSB specification Superbike before, building momentum throughout free practice to qualify in the final stage of Datatag Qualifying and start eighth on the grid for the opening race.

In the first race the former MotoGP Open class champion claimed a sixth place finish and backed it up with an eighth place in race two; embroiled in an intense battle for the positons against the Bennetts BSB opposition for the first time. In the final race the Spanish contender crashed out unhurt at the Old Hairpin whilst battling and holding sixth position on track, but now he is eager to build on his debut experience at the next round of the season on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit as Currie continues his recovery.

Barbera said:  “I really enjoyed the first race and sixth position wasn’t bad to start with after qualifying. In the beginning of the race I battled with lots of different riders and I lost a bit of time and I was pushing to make a recovery. It was fantastic and the team had given me a good set up for the race, but towards the end of the race there was less grip.

“The second race wasn’t as easy as I didn’t have such a good feeling but I had been improving and I felt happy with the progress we made as a team despite not riding the bike before the weekend. I was nearer to the leading group but I felt angry a little bit as I feel that the bike can get on the podium; we had a good lap time so we started the last race from pole position.

“The third race I started in a great position in pole position and I was very happy with that. I tried a different set up before the earlier race and then it was fantastic and I changed to the different tyre choice. My feeling was fantastic and I was pushing a bit more and a bit more but then too much and I crashed. This is an incredible championship and so nice with great fans and I was so happy, so I need to thank the team and I look forward to the next race in BSB.”

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