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MotoGP, Barbera: the factory Ducati? I dreamed of the podium

"I didn't sleep last night. I want to achieve my best result at Motegi, this bike is a step up"

Barbera: the factory Ducati? I dreamed of the podium

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The red wheel of fortune has stopped on #8, that of Hector Barbera. His prize? A factory Ducati GP16. The Spaniard is understandably excited and can barely believe his luck. Also because it all came about at the last minute.

Yesterday I spoke with Dall'Igna at the airport and, before getting in the car, he told me that it was 95% certain that I could stand in for Iannone - he recounts - My heart started beating like crazy and I didn't sleep last night. Then they confirmed it with me this morning”.

How do you feel now you're wearing red?
It's like a dream come true, the best opportunity I've ever had in MotoGP. I'm pleased that Ducati is putting its faith in me”.

What do you expect from the weekend?
I was in the garage and met all the mechanics. Then I saw the bike, which can't be compared to the one I'm riding. But to learn more about it, I'll have to ride it; I want to take things step by step and find good sensation”.

What kind of result are you aiming for?
I had a dream a few days ago: I was at Motegi, it wasn't raining and I was on the podium. I'd like to score my best MotoGP result as the bike is clearly one step up to that which I usually ride, and so everything should work better. I just have to get on it and get to know it”.

Translated by Heather Watson

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