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Barros disappointed to miss car sprint

Barros disappointed to miss car sprint

Barros disappointed to miss car sprint

After running into a sequence of unforeseen problems during the ‘Official Practice' at Catalunya yesterday, Alex Barros admitted that he was disappointed not to have challenged for the for the BMW Z4 at the end of the session but insisted he was satisfied with what he described as "a day of highs and lows." Things got off to the worst possible start for the Brazilian when he was caught up in a five rider pileup caused by an oil spillage on the Spanish track, but ended on a positive note when he closed in on the best time of the day, lapping just 0.060 seconds slower than Valentino Rossi and setting a phenomenal top speed of 347.2km/h as the sun set on a cool track.

"We were looking good in the morning when we checked that everything was OK for the sprint for the car," explained Barros, who has taken two wins from four previous Grand Prix appearances on the Honda RC211V. "But early on I went down on the oil from someone else's crash. I was first to hit the spill and then the others. By the time any of us saw the flag it was already too late. I started again but then there was too much traffic and then the tyres went off. All the bad stuff happened at the same time! We got going again in the afternoon and things are looking better now".

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, Alex Barros

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