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Mixed feelings for Team Camel Honda after Jerez

Mixed feelings for Team Camel Honda after Jerez

Mixed feelings for Team Camel Honda after Jerez

The first leg of the Gran Premio de España saw Team Camel Honda make up for a touch weekend of practices, with riders Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss taking fourth and sixth places respectively.

Alex Barros´ performance saw him recover from a disappointing twelfth place to finish fourth. Meanwhile Bayliss showed how much progress he had made throughout winter training on the RC211V, taking a satisfactory sixth place in his first ride with Honda.

"I'm quite happy. I think that sixth isn't a bad result for the first race with a new bike," commented Bayliss after the race. " I'm happy for the team too. We still have a long season ahead of us, and I need and want to get on that bike and do some good races. I feel good, now my motivation is even greater and I can't wait for the Portuguese GP next week."

Although Barros managed to pull back several places to finish forth, he was still left unsatisfied and hungry for more. Barros commented, "I can't say I'm satisfied with fourth place, especially because of how it came about.

"I'm happy when I fight at the front, for podium positions, not when I'm so behind. If I was fourth and one second behind, then fine, I can say I was there or thereabouts, that I lost the battle with the others, looking to win it.

"I can't say that I'm happy. I paid a high price for my start, when I made the mistake of not engaging the electronic start system and I was caught in the traffic. Then I ran wide as I tried to go past, and at the end it took me half a race to get up to the right pace: by then the front group was much too far away. Nevertheless, this is only the first race, and now I have to do better in Estoril."

Team Manager Sito Pons was excited about the progress made by both riders in today´s race, looking forward to the rest of the season with optimism.

"I am quite satisfied with our beginning to the season, it was a great team result in the first race, with two new riders and a lot of highs and lows during the winter. Alex made a great fightback today, after a weekend of problems and above all after a not too brilliant start. I'm happy for him. I'm also happy for Troy, because he had a great debut race after a tough off-season. I really think he is finding a feeling for the new bike and I think that he is getting the confidence with it, the best is surely yet to come. We're on the right tracks though!" .


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