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Barros crashes out at Le Mans and ruins his comeback plans

Barros crashes out at Le Mans and ruins his comeback plans

Barros crashes out at Le Mans and ruins his comeback plans

It was an unlucky Le Mans race for Alex Barros who lost control of the rear end of his RC211V on the thirteenth lap and crashed out, hitting his back hard. The Brazilian rider was given the all clear though by Dr. Costa in the mobile clinic, with just severe bruising.

The team are confidant that he will be fit for the Mugello race in three weeks time, but that didn't stop Barros from being bitterly disappointed today.

"I'm really disappointed," said Barros. "I certainly didn't expect today to go like this. I was pushing a bit because I was trying to catch up Max and Melandri, but it was hard work. I was giving everything and I lost the back end. I couldn't control it and I got a big smack, but it was okay because it was a hard fall and could have been worse.

"It's a shame because I take no points away from here, but now the world championship is the last thing on my mind. I want to recover and think about the next race, and getting back to winning ways. I like Mugello, I've won there before, so my objective is the same again."

The race was Barro´s big chance for a comeback after his unfortunate Shanghai finish. Barros and Camel Honda manger Sito Pons will now have to wait a couple of weeks for the next race in Italy.

"It's a real shame that Alex couldn't get the result we all expected," said team manager Sito Pons. "He didn't have good grid position, and then had more misfortune with his crash. It was clear he wasn't comfortable on the bike, because he didn't have the front group's rhythm, even though he gave it his all.

"I think he could have pushed into the top six and that would have been okay for the championship. The most important thing is that he is well though. The next race is the Mugello GP, on a track he likes and where we already won together so he will try to fight for the victory again."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE, Alex Barros

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