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Bad luck for Barros

Bad luck for Barros

Bad luck for Barros

There was a fair deal of luck shared out in the eventful Marlboro Grand Prix on Saturday and Alex Barros can be forgiven for cursing his fortunes after a series of bizarre incidents cost him a chance to fight for a podium finish. The Brazilian started from the front row of the grid in second place but got a bad start and had to fight against adversity to come through for fourth.

"Starting from the front row I was sure I could have a good race," commented Barros. "My rhythm was good and I felt confident I could go with the pace at the front but I got a bad start and things just got worse from there.

"I was making up positions on the fourth lap when Rossi got into the first corner too deep and he hit me. It was just one of those racing incidents and he immediately apologised, but I lost a lot of positions and found myself stuck behind Shinya Nakano.

"Right then Shinya's engine blew up right in my face, I couldn't see anything and it must have been leaking oil or something because the front end started to slide all over the place. I thought I was going to crash but when the smoke cleared I was heading over the gravel and I managed to hold on.

"I came back into the race right at the back of the field, in eighteenth place I think, and I just rode as hard as I could to overtake the other riders. My pace would have been quick enough to go with the leaders, which is satisfying and annoying at the same time, but I suppose with everything that happened I can be pleased to have come through to finish fourth."


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