The sun was shining again at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit today and the MotoGP riders enjoyed excellent conditions in the last free and qualifying practice sessions of the season. However, Reale Avintia Racing team riders Hector Barbera and Loris Baz did not have the confidence to do a fast lap on the 4.0km circuit in Q1 and tomorrow they will start the race from 20th and 23rd place, respectively.
Tomorrow’s race will be the last of the year and also the last for Barbera and Baz with Reale Avintia Racing. Both riders worked all day to improve their race pace and to overcome their problems with the aim of finishing their time in the MotoGP class and their work with the team in the best possible way. The local rider is very optimistic and in the past we have seen him making big comebacks in the races, while Baz aims to climb positions during the race to score some points.
“It was not the best qualifying of the year, but at least we are the first Desmosedici GP16 and we are ahead of Bautista and Redding. Today we did the same lap times that we did during the winter tests, so we have not made any progress this year with the bike. But I’m happy because I gave my best to improve during the season. I’m confident for the race. I knew in advance that I could not make a fast lap with this bike, but our race pace is not bad and we still can get a good result.”
“Today was as difficult as yesterday. We knew that we would have problems here and we tried many things, but with those changes, we are still within the same lap times. We didn’t manage to take the step forward that we thought. The only good thing is that we have improved our pace a little bit, but I don’t know if it is enough to be in the points tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.”