A new edition of the MotoGP World Championship starts this weekend under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. And this time both Reale Avintia Racing riders, Hector Barbera and Loris Baz will be at Losail for the first race. The Spanish rider was forced to miss the last three-day test of the preseason after breaking his collarbone while training, but after 20 days of hard work with his physiotherapist Jordi Reig, Barbera will arrive to the first race in good shape, but obviously not at his 100%. Even so, he will try to get the best from his Ducati Desmosedici GP16 on Sunday.
Loris Baz heads Qatar at his maximum. Reale Avintia Racing team French rider completed a strong and consistent winter testing program and this weekend he expects to start the season fighting to get some good championship points.
“I arrive to the first race physically reduced, I’m not at my best level and although I have been working hard to recover, in the last 20 days I lost all the weight and cardio training I’ve made during the winter. It was not easy to face this injury, and even more in the way it had happened. But I head the first race in Qatar excited as if I was to start my first World Championship race. Things always happen for a reason, maybe because I was putting too much self-pressure, because I always want to give my best and the winter test were not going as I wanted to. I won’t be at 100%, but I will race without pressure and I will try to enjoy every minute on the bike.”
“I’m really looking forward to start the season. Winter testing was quite positive, we worked really well, the atmosphere in the team is fantastic and I built a good relationship with my new crew chief, so I head Qatar really eager. After the last season where I suffered too much, I’m looking forward to enjoy racing again. This weekend we will see if our work during the winter was useful or if we need to keep working to improve our speed. In the first races you always have big question marks, but also everyone in the team is exited to race, and this is always a great feeling.”