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Barros returns in shock move to Pramac d'Antin

Barros returns in shock move to Pramac d'Antin

Barros returns in shock move to Pramac d'Antin

Alex Barros will make a welcome return to MotoGP next season, after being officially announced as a Pramac d'Antin rider this afternoon.

Barros, who in a year out of MotoGP this season raced in World Superbikes, has a long running connection with the World Championship. He debuted way back in 1986 at the 80cc Spanish GP, and after a brief stint in 250cc he moved up to the premier class in 1990, where he stayed until he left the championship in 2005. The 36 year old Brazilian has won seven races in the category, the last being Estoril 2005. He has stepped onto the podium on 31 occasions so far.

"I'm very happy to return to the premier class with Pramac d'Antin," declared Barros. "The Desmosedici GP07 is looking like an incredible project, and with my motivation and familiarity with the team I'm sure that we can do a good job. I am anxious to compete in MotoGP."

Team Manager Luis d'Antin welcomed the signing of Barros for the outfit, stating that "It gives us great pleasure to welcome a rider with the caliber of Alex Barros. It makes us very excited about next season. He has a lot of experience and I'm sure that this will help us with our goal of fighting for the podium."

With Alex Hofmann telling that he was close to renewing his deal with the team last week, running a 800cc prototype equal to the official Ducati team, it seems as if Jose Luis Cardoso will be the rider making way for Barros' return. Paolo Campionati, CEO of the Pramac Group, announced in a cryptic statement that the team is "still to announce some important novelties."

MotoGP, 2006, Alex Barros

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