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MotoGP Sepang: In pain Barbera 'can't ride like this'

Mapfre Ducati's Hector Barbera has said he will struggle to race if he is in the same amount of pain on Sunday as he was during the opening two MotoGP free practice sessions at Sepang today.

The Spaniard, who looks set to move to a one-bike Pramac squad for next year, is still recovering from the injuries sustained in a big crash at Twin-Ring Motegi last time out but hopes that come raceday, he will feel better.

"To be honest I am in a lot of discomfort. Hopefully it will improve as the weekend progresses because I can't race like this. I could only manage five laps this morning and it was tough to deal with the pain. I felt a bit better this afternoon but I needed an injection and even then it's tough. I didn't have much feeling on the bike but I guess that's normal," said Barbera.


"When you are in pain you try to adopt a more comfortable position and that unbalances the bike. I can't load the weight as I would like, I can't be aggressive. I came here because I felt good and the arm was responding well but the big problem is my ribs. I am going to work with the physio tonight to see if I can be in better shape tomorrow. Even though it was a tough day it was good to be back on the bike."

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