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Barros and Xaus wave goodbye to MotoGP

Barros and Xaus wave goodbye to MotoGP

Barros and Xaus wave goodbye to MotoGP

Alex Barros and Ruben Xaus have both confirmed that they will be leaving the MotoGP World Championship to pursue new challenges next year.

Brazilian veteran Barros was the most experienced rider in the premier class in 2005, his sixteenth campaign in the 500cc/MotoGP category. Barros took seven wins during his GP career with the last one coming back in April in the 2005 Portuguese GP at Estoril. Despite this win, 2005 proved a disappointing season for the Brazilian who eventually finished eighth overall. Barros has revealed that he is to join the World Superbikes pack next year in a bid to mount a serious title challenge.

Spanish charger Rubén Xaus will follow him in the WSBK series after an instantly forgettable year with Yamaha. After clinching the ‘Rookie of the Year Award' in 2004 on a Ducati, the Spaniard could not build on his promising debut season with the satellite Yamaha team. Numerous crashes, a loss of confidence and poor results have now led him to switch back to the WSBK Championship in which he had finished second overall behind Neil Hodgson in 2003.

MotoGP, 2005, Alex Barros

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