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Barros takes some time out in Brazil to recover

Barros takes some time out in Brazil to recover

Barros takes some time out in Brazil to recover

Álex Barros has taken advantage of the race-free fortnight to spend time in Brazil with his family. However, the Camel Honda rider had hoped the respite from the tough season would be invigorating and give him a chance to freshen up for the next race in Italia – however lingering physical problems from his fall at Le Mans have managed to put pay to any relaxation plans.

The fall at Le Mans left his body covered in bumps and bruises, especially affecting his arm, ribs and hips. But what bothers the Honda rider more is the irritation in his back, which is preventing him taking exercise and returning to normality.

Barros took a trip to a Brazilian hospital midweek to undergo a scan, with the hope of ruling out serious injury. Although he was given the all clear from serious injury, he has still had to cease and postpone exercise sessions with his personal trainer, adding to the irritation.

He is currently undergoing physiotherapy sessions that involve electro stimulation, ultrasonics and lymphatic drainage to expedite the disappearance of the hematoma. He is also taking a course of anti-inflammatories to help his mobility.

"I want to arrive in Mugello with as little pain as possible. Riding in pain can cause you to lose concentration. Coming out of a corner on to a straight, you cannot afford to divide your attention between the competitors and the pain. I hope to be in the best possible condition to race," explained the Brazilian.

Barros has tried to make the most of his time in Brazil, though, by spending time with family and friends, including time with his son playing the new MotoGP4 videogame.

"The game is really good," said Barros. "Playing it makes me feel like more a of a child than him. I like to joke around: I usually wait until the last corner and then collide with him, he gets annoyed with me.

Barros currently occupies fifth position in the MotoGP World Championship and he has already had a win this season – in the Portuguese GP at Estoril.


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