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The American dream ends in tatters for Barros and Melandri

The American dream ends in tatters for Barros and Melandri

The American dream ends in tatters for Barros and Melandri

Alex Barros and Marco Melandri had their American dreams shattered yesterday at Laguna Seca when they both crashed out of the long awaited UG GP on the first lap after the pair made contact.

After starting from the front row of the grid, his best starting position of the season so far, Barros had harboured strong aspirations of wining at Laguna Seca, having finished second at the famous track back in 1993 in the 500cc race which at the time was the premier class with Suzuki.

Before clashing with Melandri on the first lap, Barros had already had a bad start, which caused him to lose a few places. However, the Brazilian one of the few MotoGP riders to have first-hand experience at the Mazda Raceway was regaining ground until the Melandri incident put pay to any return to glory in California.

We were just in the early stages of the race when Melandri bumped into me and made me crash, said the disheartened rider from Sao Paulo. We were just at the end of the first lap, and I even left space for him to get into the corner, but he hit me anyway.

Its not something to do after just one lap of the race. Its a shame, Im so disappointed, because this was a race that I felt I could win.

Following the crash, Barros was transferred to the Clinica Móvile to receive treatment after burning his right arm in the fall, on the coarse Laguna Seca asphalt. Soon after visiting the clinic he made preparations to go back home to receive some intensive treatment, determined to speed up his recovery time and focus on the impending appointment at Donington, the UK Grand Prix.

For Melandri, the crash added insult to injury after having a dreadful weekend full of crashes in the practice sessions, during which he hurt his hand and leg, diminishing his physical fitness for the race.

The Italians finish at Laguna Seca was his worst finish of the season so far, having finished in the top four for all of the previous races. Speaking after the race, Melandri expressed his regret about the incident, but was hopeful about a good return to form in Europe.

The lead group were really close together in the final corner of the first lap and they braked really hard in front of me, said the Italian. I also had to shut off but I hit a bump in the tarmac and lost the front.I crashed and Im sorry for taking Alex Barros down too. Its a shame it ended that way because in the warm-up I felt much better on the bike and my objective was to finish the weekend off in the best way possible. I hope we can get back on the right track when we return to Europe over the next few races.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Marco Melandri, Alex Barros

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