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Hard fought fourth for Barros

Hard fought fourth for Barros

Hard fought fourth for Barros

Camel Honda's Alex Barros finished just a whisker away from a podium spot, fighting tooth and nail throughout the whole race in which the top five rode under lap record time from the second lap until the end. It was a relentless pace, that kept the 100,000 fans crammed into the stands on the edge of their seats.

"I'm quite happy because it was a while since I had a race like this," said the Brazilian. "I enjoyed myself and even thought I would have obviously preferred to have got on the podium, I think I had a nice battle with Marco and Nicky." "I got away well and had a good first lap, tagging along with the front group straight away. Towards the sixth lap though, I began to have a problem when braking," explained Barros. "I just couldn't brake properly and went too deep on a couple of occasions. So I had to work with the problem, without losing ground. Towards the end I overtook Nicky and then waited until the last lap to try and pass Marco too." "I wanted to get him at turn six, but I was too far back, I then tried it a turn nine and didn't manage it. It's a shame, but in the end it was a good race and now we can look forward to the next one at Assen, a track which I really love."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA, Alex Barros

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