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Barros confirmed to ride Honda RC211V in Motegi

Barros confirmed to ride Honda RC211V in Motegi

Barros confirmed to ride Honda RC211V in Motegi

Alex Barros will definitely ride a Honda RC211V four-stroke at the Gauloises Pacific Grand Prix of Motegi, as had been anticipated for some time. The Brazilian will be the fourth rider to pilot the World Championship winning machine this season, joining Valentino Rossi, Tohru Ukawa and Daijiro Kato on the revolutionary new grid in Japan, which will also feature the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-PR for the first time.

´I am very excited by the opportunity to ride the RC211V,´ commented Barros. `It is clearly one of the fastest motorcycles around and I finally have the chance to compete on the same level as Valentino Rossi and the other four strokes. It will not be easy to achieve a high level of competitiveness straight away, because first of all I will need to familiarise myself with the motorcycle. My first contact with the bike will be in practice on Friday at Motegi´.

Despite his lack of mileage aboard the RC211V, Barros does have important four-stroke experience with Honda: ´I have ridden a four-stroke in the Suzuka 8 hours a few times, and I have always had good results, so I am sure I will adapt quickly to the bike. I would even say I have a chance of a podium on Sunday.´

West Honda Pons Technical Director Antonio Cobas is also looking forward to the new challenge: ´The team will have to completely change their system of working because the bike is different and the settings will be worked completely from scratch. The settings we have at our disposal for this circuit are for a two-stroke machine and they have nothing to do with the four-stroke. We have had no time to familiarise ourselves with the motorcycle so this first race represents a steep learning curve and a period of adaptation for all of us. Alex´s experience of four-stroke machinery will be of great use and he should help us find the settings quickly.´

MotoGP, 2002, Alex Barros

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