Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Toni M.
Valentino Rossi isn’t the only unhappy Ducati rider on the grid. Hector Barbera is also deeply unhappy with the Bologna bike above all regarding the fact that he has an ‘old’ bike. The Pramac rider in a interview with Spanish website EFE that his GP12 is out-of-date and that his bike hasn’t received any updates except for an upgraded electronics package that he debuted at Silverstone last week.
“The problem is that we are still using the same chassis that Ducati gave us in November,” said Barbera. He is currently riding the GP12 Sat Zero that Rossi discarded during the Valencia tests last season. “Our bike is the same since November and we haven’t haven’t received any upgrades. I do well in qualifying because we’re on new tires and the situation is okay, but during the race we have to slow down because our rear tire wears out quickly . ”
Barbera’s contract is up at the end of the season and he has no idea where he’ll be going in 2013 and he puts the blame squarely on Dorna’s doorstop due to the constant rule changes. “They should tell us whether the grid will all CRTs or not, if BMW and Suzuki will be entering MotoGP, but riders are always the last to know anything and it will also be very important to see where Valentino Rossi is going.”
The Spaniard isn’t the only one unsure of his future, sponsor Pramac is in financial difficulties. The company that makes power generation equipment in Siena, Italy has a 100 million euro debt and is also taking a beating on the stock markets.
Ducati has been spending so much effort on making the GP12 work for their factory team, that they’ve forgetten their satellite teams, because Karel Abraham is also unhappy with his Cardion AB branded Ducati, and that may mean that Bologna manufacturer could find itself without any customers in MotoGP next season.