Barros and Hayden look back on a disappointing weekend

Monday, 23 August 2004

Barros and Hayden look back on a disappointing weekend

The Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky couldnt have ended in a worse fashion for Repsol Honda riders Alex Barros and Nicky Hayden, who both crashed after featuring strongly in the leading pack.

Barros was second behind Gibernau when he lost the front end of his Honda and slid off unhurt and out of what had looked to be a podium finish race. Hayden inherited fourth with the demise of his team mate but slid off his machine four laps later.

For the first time this weekend the front tyre felt a little bit on the limit in the warm up this morning said Barros. In the race I made some small mistake in the early stages and Valentino and Max get past me. I then have to really concentrate and get my position back again. The machine did not feel as good as in the qualifying days; the front was not giving me so much confidence.

When I took back second position I open the throttle, not using any break and the front just goes. We need to look at the telemetry. It was a very small crash, very little damage but it was impossible to get going again. We test here for the next few days and we need to find and answer to the front grip problems before we get to Portugal.

We decided to use a slightly harder tyre in the race as I wanted to be there at the end fighting explained Hayden, who lies in sixth overall, three points adrift of Barros.

In the race everything felt okay. I could run at the pace of the leaders but I didn´t really have anything on them. There were a few places on the track I was loosing on them but generally I was having a quiet race just learning.

´Towards the end I could see the guys in front moving around and I thought with my conserved tyres I could be in with a chance. I just made a little mistake in turn 1. Max got in really hot under Valentino and I got kinda´ sucked in.

´I saw what was going on out of the corner of my eye and just lost concentration for a fraction of a second. One moment the door was opening the next I was on the floor. I just wanted to keep pushing and not cruise around in fourth; that would have been no good. It´s not cool to crash out with only a few laps left but it´s all definitely part of learning.

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