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The Camel Honda riders look back on a challenging race

The Camel Honda riders look back on a challenging race

The Camel Honda riders look back on a challenging race

Camel Honda's Alex Barros had a good race at Sachsenring battling in every corner until the final lap. In the end he was left out of the scrap for podium positions after losing some rear grip, sliding out of the turns. Barros, who brought his yellow Honda home in fifth place, nevertheless managed to collect vital points for the overall standings, which sees six riders within fifteen points.

"I'm a little bit disappointed with fifth place, obviously, but I feel I did everything I could, getting a pretty good start amongst the front group and pushing without a moment's respite to try and get in front," said Barros.

"What I am unhappy with is that eight laps from the end I began to lose rear grip and whatever I tried, including changing the power delivery to save on the tyres, not only was I unable to get amongst the battle for the podium, but I lost the duel with Max as I tried to control the bike which was sliding so much out of the bends. I didn't' give up though, and I tried to hang in there, but I couldn't do anything. Anyway, I'm fifteen points off second position in the championship now and there are still seven races remaining after the summer break."

His team-mate Troy Bayliss crashed on the sixth lap of the race, just as he was beginning to recover positions.
"Damn! When things are going wrong there's not too much to say except I'm sorry, because the weekend hadn't been going at all bad until qualifying," commented the Australian. "We were able to sort out the situation though because in the warm-up I felt good with the bike and the tyres and so I was confident for the race. Then I got caught up in the confusion at the first corner where several riders crashed out and I went really wide, almost stopping. I put my head down and tried to recover, and got good draught off Tamada but as I tried to pass him I went into the corner a bit too hard."


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