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Alex Barros looks forward to the Suzuka 8-Hour race

Alex Barros looks forward to the Suzuka 8-Hour race

Alex Barros looks forward to the Suzuka 8-Hour race

Alex Barros is in Japan once again this weekend, to take part in the legendary Suzuka 8 Hour race, much-coveted by the Japanese manufacturers. After having tested there last month, the Brazilian will be riding in Suzuka for Team Sakurai on a Honda SP2. They will have other familiar faces from MotoGP up against them however, with Daijiro Kato and Tohru Ukawa in a team together, also on an SP2. Whilst regular Suzuki wildcards and replacement riders Akira Ryo and Yukio Kagayama join forces on a GSX R750.

Barros summed up his hopes as he said, `I think that this weekend we should have a good chance to win. I had a test one month ago and had a good time, and set my fastest ever lap time there. I have realised that a good time is one second faster than last year so it will be tough work. Everything is going well though, Yuichi Takeda is my teammate. He races normally on Dunlop tyres, and this time he will race on Michelin so the set-up for the machine is different. However I have my machine set-up and I have already chosen the tyres for over there. He must ride the machine a little bit, and try to make constantly quick lap times. If there's too much difference in times it's a problem for the race. That is to say if one rider loses time and another gains, it becomes a bit complicated if you want to win. But I still think I have a reasonable chance of being victorious´.

The West Honda Pons rider is no stranger to the race, having been involved several times over the years. `I really enjoy it over there in Suzuka, it's very technical and very tiring. After that race you need one week's rest, because you come back so exhausted. It's great fun and it's important for HRC and Honda Japan. It's a very important race in Japan and there will surely be many people coming down, so I'll try to do my best and make the best spectacle possible´.

MotoGP, 2002, Alex Barros

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