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Alex Barros putting faith in the potential of the M1

Alex Barros putting faith in the potential of the M1

Alex Barros putting faith in the potential of the M1

Alex Barros continues an intense testing schedule with the factory Yamaha squad in Jerez this week, after signing to ride with the Gauloises Tech 3 outfit at the end of last season. The Brazilian has been impressed with the performance of the M1 so far, and he is confident it can carry him to the same level of results he achieved in the final part of 2002, as he reaches the peak of a career which has now seen him ride for four different factories, with Cagiva, Suzuki and Honda also on his curriculum vitae.

Barros forms part of a small group of riders to have tested two different factory four-stroke MotoGP prototypes, and he believes the M1 can be as good as the Honda RC211V. ´One thing I know for certain is that bike has great potential for evolution and that it can be very competitive,´ he says. `Comparing it to the Honda, I can´t really say much yet because I need a lot more kilometres, but it seems that the old theory that Yamaha have a better chassis and Honda a more powerful engine is true. We are in a phase of defining components and basic settings and then later we will be able to start setting it up properly´.

The former Honda Pons rider is also happy with his new technical crew, led by Herve Poncharal, and says they are working well together despite the language barrier. ´We are all still adapting but we get closer together every day. We began to get to know each other in the sessions at the end of last year and I think we all understand each other perfectly now. I was used to one way of working and this team and the factory have a different system, but things have changed on both sides and we are working really well´.

The second day of the Yamaha test in Jerez on Tuesday was spoiled by overnight rain which was left standing on the track surface this morning and failed to dry out completely over the course of the day, even though the sun began to shine at around 2pm. Olivier Jacque emerged in the afternoon but fell and hurt his hand after just four laps, prompting the rest of the riders and teams to stay warm and dry inside the pit garages for the rest of the day.

MotoGP, 2003, Alex Barros

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