Reale Avintia Racing riders Hector Barbera and Loris Baz will cross the Atlantic Ocean this week for the Grand Prix of Argentina, the second race of the season.
Following a positive start of the year, Hector Barbera heads to Termas de Rio Hondo in a good mood. The 13th place of Qatar was the best he was able to fight for in his physical condition and after losing the last part of the winter test. But in Argentina, where he fought for fourth place one year ago, Barbera expects to be battling for a Top Ten result with his Ducati Desmosedici GP16.
His Reale Avintia Racing teammate Loris Baz also looks forward to the arrival in Termas. Over the GP weekend in Argentina, he wants to progress the same way he did during the winter tests and the first race of the season. The 24-year-old French rider was twelfth in the opening round of the season and he is eager to make another step in Argentina and to fight for a Top Ten result as well.
“We head to Argentina physically stronger than in Qatar. My collarbone has almost recovered completely and I was able to train harder during the last week. We go to this race with high expectations, which is very different from those ahead of the first round of the season. I like the circuit. Last year I finished fifth and I think it will be possible to get a great result again. We feel strong and I am confident about our chances to do a good race on Sunday.”
“In the first race everything went really well, and that’s why I’m looking forward to race in Argentina. In Qatar I probably did my best dry race in MotoGP, but even though, my feeling was not the best. I’m convinced that it is possible to do even better. I love the layout of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and I want to do a good race. We will see how the weekend goes, we will keep working step by step to get the best set up and I’ll try to enjoy riding my bike.”