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Barros unhappy with season start

Barros unhappy with season start

Barros unhappy with season start

Alex Barros made no attempt to hide his disappointment with his start to the season after taking seventh place at the Grand Prix Polini de France on Sunday. Worringly, the Brazilian was followed over the finish line by his Repsol Honda factory team-mate Nicky Hayden a further four places behind, and admitted it was 'strange' that the two should have so many problems at this stage of the season compared to their 'satellite' peers.

"Obviously I am not happy with the result although I am fairly pleased with my race," commented Barros. "The red light took longer than I expected to go out, resulting in a clutch problem which made me lose a lot of ground at the start. I think I was back down in sixteenth position and I almost got caught up in the crash on the first lap. I had to concentrate really hard to make up ground and struggled to get past Capirossi. When I eventually got past him the lead group had already gone.

"We didn't get the bike to work as we wanted it throughout the whole weekend. The front guys in the race were lapping in the 1'34s whereas my best lap was a 35.1.

"Generally I am not very happy. I won't be satisfied until I get a good result. Physically I am in good shape but now I need some positive results like the satellite guys. It's really strange that the factory bikes, mine and Hayden's, are having problems and the satellite bikes aren't – or if they do they are having less than us".

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAND PRIX POLINI DE FRANCE, Alex Barros

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