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Alex Barros: defying the pain barrier to lead the Yamaha charge

Alex Barros: defying the pain barrier to lead the Yamaha charge

Alex Barros: defying the pain barrier to lead the Yamaha charge

Alex Barros, who showed such ruthless form on the Honda four-stroke in the last four races of 2002, has yet to show that he can repeat the form on his new Gauloises factory Yamaha. The main reason being the knee ligament injury he sustained in a warm-up prang prior to the opening round of the season in Suzuka.

The Brazilian still managed to guide his M1 machine to be the highest placed Yamaha (8th position) in Japan and since then has been undergoing an intense physio and rehabilitation programme to get back into shape. Even though the MotoGP series had a three-week break before Welkom last weekend, Barros was still far from fit and had to grit his teeth to once again produce a superb performance and assume the role of Yamaha leader with fifth position. Here is the 32 year old´s impression of the weekend as he continues his quest to be the first man to win on two different makes of machinery in the MotoGP class.

$$$ ´My leg still isn´t great and needs some more time to recover in one respect I´m lucky that we had three weeks off,´ remarked the most rider with the record number of starts in the premier class. ´The machine has improved a little bit over Japan but we are still lacking a bit of power.´

´The track was very dirty and this makes it difficult as well as a little dangerous for us. The racing line is very narrow and means that we could not afford to make a mistake. It was also hard to overtake and this made my bad start a bit more costly. I was the first Yamaha rider again and this is a consolation. My knee is still very painful but I was happy to finish the race and get some good points. I have to look ahead to Jerez now and what improvement I can make in two weeks.´

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MotoGP, 2003, Alex Barros

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