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Barros celebrates 250th GP with superb podium finish

Barros celebrates 250th GP with superb podium finish

Barros celebrates 250th GP with superb podium finish

Brazilian veteran Alex Barros celebrated reaching 250 Grand Prix races with a superb third place after running the entire race at the front, showing the steady resolve and resilience that he has brought into play in prior wet races.

The rain that had been forecast for a few days arrived as predicted at the Donington Park circuit, falling from the early hours of the morning and making conditions almost impossible for the MotoGP race.

"The track was in terrible conditions," said Barros. "In those situations you have to know how to deal with the race, you have to know where the limit is and how far you can push it.

"I had a few problems with the front tyre under braking, on several occasions I could hardly control the front end but it was probably also happening to a lot of my rivals because they were racing in the same conditions. Somehow it was an enjoyable race, despite how difficult it was. When Valentino overtook me I was unable to maintain his pace.

"On the last lap Roberts won the duel for second place, taking advantage of having been behind and seeing where I had problems. I'm a little bit disappointed, but that's racing and he played his cards. Being on the podium is a great way to celebrate my 250th GP: it's a nice record to have, there have been so many races now but I still have the desire to race and to battle it out, and I will do so once more at Sachsenring next week."

Troy Bayliss, who made a brilliant start, was fighting for top spots on the second lap when he was unfortunately caught up in Marco Melandri's crash, who lost control of his bike coming into the home straight and who forced the Australian to go wide onto the grass, where he himself crashed out.

"I got a good start and, despite the conditions being awful, I felt comfortable in the front group and I was right in there. Unfortunately when Marco crashed in front of me he was too close and I tried to avoid him but I touched him and I was forced out onto the grass where I couldn't control my bike. There's no point saying how disappointed I am, but it was just a racing incident."

MotoGP, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Alex Barros

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