Spain’s Hector Barbera is at the polar opposite of compatriot Alvaro Bautista when it comes to the Desmosedici GP16 as he is struggling to make it work while the Pull&Bear man scored a fourth-place finish at the Argentine MotoGP round.
Barbera didn’t have the best run into the season, suffering a broken collarbone which meant he missed the Qatar test, and now after two races, he knows the bike won’t adapt to him - it had to be the other way around as he says there was not a single corner where he feels comfortable.
“It has been a very complicated weekend and there has been no way to tame the ‘beast’. We have tested all the settings that this bike allows. I have not done two rides with the same configuration and we are at a point where it is clear that the bike cannot adapt the bike to my style. That’s why I’m clear that I have to adapt to the bike,” said Barbera.
“Already last year when I tried it did not go well and all winter has cost me a lot. The first race in Qatar was not a reference because my collarbone was bad, but the feelings were very bad. But here it was already good and have not improved. In 25 laps there has not been a curve where it went well and that is impossible, because I go all the time fighting with the bike.”