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Honda confirm Barros test dates

Honda confirm Barros test dates

Honda confirm Barros test dates

With five of their six riders already into the preseason testing schedule at Sepang this week, Honda have officially announced a comeback date for their prodigal son Alex Barros, who returns to the factory after a year with rivals Yamaha. Barros is said to be making good progress following surgery before Christmas on a past shoulder injury and he is pencilled in to ride the 2004 version of the Honda RC211V at Sepang, Malaysia on February 11,12 and 13 before moving down to Phillip Island, Australia on February 17,18 and 19.

His new team, who will be under the guidance of Barros' Crew Chief from his last stint with Honda, Ramon Forcada, is working in Sepang at the moment with a view to making a flying start with Barros in the February tests. Forcada worked with Barros for two years in the West Honda Pons team in 2001 and 2002 and guided the Brazilian to two victories and two podiums in the last four races of 2002 when he was given the opportunity to swap his two-stroke NSR500 for the four-stroke RC211V.

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MotoGP, 2003, Alex Barros

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