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Barros setting sights on victory on MotoGP return

Barros setting sights on victory on MotoGP return

Barros setting sights on victory on MotoGP return

Having this week announced his joining the Pramac d'Antin team for 2007, Alex Barros gave an exclusive interview to about the surprise move. The Brazilian explained the decision to return to the championship he left at the end of 2005, and was especially thrilled with the benefits the new 800cc regulations will provide.

"Ducati have pledged a lot of support to the project, People inside the team have changed and although the bikes will change, I hope that the differences are small. The whole Pramac d'Antin venture should be more successful next season with bikes on a par with the official factory machines."

The news of Barros' move came this week, and the decision process was relatively short for the experienced rider.

"I began talking to the team at the beginning of this month. I spoke with the owner of Pramac, Paolo Campinoti, and we went from there. I hope that next year I can get better results for the team than in 2005, and that is certainly what I am targeting. Of course, I need to assess what I'm working with, the bike needs to be tested etc, but I am confident that I can race well and I am even setting my sights on at least one victory."

"2005 started well, I had hoped for a better end, but it wasn't to be and I made the move to Superbikes. I was with a good team there, and even when I wasn't racing I was training, so it wasn't like I just stopped for a year. I'm hoping to pick up from where I left off in 2005 with Sito Pons' team, and I don't see that or my age being a big problem."

Although he has been out of MotoGP this season, Barros has been keeping himself busy and doesn't see picking up his rhythm as a problem.

"It was difficult to adapt to Superbikes. A MotoGP bike is much easier to control than a Superbike, and this adaptation may be harder than going from 990cc to the 800cc machines. With the new bikes, it is just less power than we will be used to, which is never a problem as regards controlling the bike. I think the new rules will especially favour the riders moving up from 250cc." To my fans, I want to say that I am happy to be back in the World Championship, Ducati are very behind the project, and I want to equal or do better than the results that I had before I left, when I was riding for Honda Pons."

MotoGP, 2006, Alex Barros

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