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Camel Honda out to turn the page in France

Camel Honda out to turn the page in France

Camel Honda out to turn the page in France

Alex Barros will start the French GP at Le Mans this weekend trying to forget about the Shanghai GP in which he was penalised for jump-starting his bike from his 11th place starting position and eventually finished in the same position.

As if Barros´ unfortunate incident wasn't bad enough for the team, Troy Bayliss was unable to finish the race after he slid off on lap four. The team will, however, be looking to cover lost ground this weekend in France, even although the Le Mans circuit is not exactly one of Barros´ favourites.

The Brazilian has never had a good run of luck at Le Mans, having only had one podium appearance out of his last eight visits to the French circuit. He last made the Le Mans podium in 2003 when he was riding for the official Yamaha team.

"Le Mans is a track that has always been rather tough for me, but that's not to say that I won't be aiming for a top result, said Barros. The important thing is to prepare the bike well, not necessarily to get it one hundred percent perfect - I know things can't always go as well as they did in Estoril for example - but still, as perfect as possible.

"In China we didn't have the set-up spot on, but on Sunday, besides the penalty, I was quick and I was able to pick up a few points, so I hope I can go well in France too. I've still got a bit of pain in my side after I hit the kerb in the crash on Saturday morning, but I think I should be fine by the time of the Friday morning free practice."

Team-mate Troy Bayliss has also had a less than a perfect start to the season. The Australian finished the first leg of the season, in Jerez, in sixth position before going on to finish in 11th place at Estoril. Adding insult to injury, that was then topped off by his disastrous slide-off at Shanghai.

Bayliss, however, is fond of the Le Mans track and was enthusiastic and confident about this Sunday's race.

"I can't wait to get to France because Le Mans is a track I love. Last year the race went quite well for me, but better still was the test day following it, I had a great day and rode really well. I think that if we can get the bike set up well, I will be able to make a good race."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE

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