Hot conditions, a bumpy track, and a lack of grip all caused issues for Hector Barbera at the Indianapolis MotoGP – despite this, Barbera still managed to finish in the top 10 after a late duel with Loris Capirossi.
Hector Barbera reflects on the Indy GP:
“This result is fairly positive, but I can’t say that I am entirely satisfied because I didn’t have much fun out there. I was having front end problems right from the get-go; on each corner I had the steering tuck in and I felt like there was no grip. I had to be very focused and pay attention to every turn in order to stay upright, because it would have been very easy to have crashed. It’s strange, but the heat did not help us at all, as I felt comfortable during the morning warmup and thought that a good race was possible. When the temperatures rose it took too much out of the bike. Perhaps it is due to a small change in the engine, but we will look at it in detail this week in order to be ready for Misano -where it will also be hot. It isn’t logical that we should suffer with this. In any case, it is the first time that this has happened to us and we can’t be too displeased with a return to the top ten. Next week we should be in peak condition again.”
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