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Barros' Assen aspirations thwarted by tyre choice

Barros' Assen aspirations thwarted by tyre choice

Barros' Assen aspirations thwarted by tyre choice

After taking a solid fourth position in the GP Gauloises de Catalunya – a race that indicated his return to good form – Brazilian rider Alex Barros was confident about securing one of the top positions at Assen, alongside the best riders of the MotoGP class.

Barros was one of the most noticeable riders during the training sessions and secured an eighth-position start on the grid for the GP. However, an unfortunate choice of tyres on the day – after a couple of days in which the riders had experience almost every season of the capricious Dutch climate – thwarted Barros' chances of a podium finish.

Disappointed after his seventh place finish, the Camel Honda rider expressed deep regret about his choice of tyres.

"The race was frankly terrible for me because I was never able to ride as I would have liked and as I had done up to that point. Unfortunately the tyre I chose, the one that went well yesterday, wasn't suited to the asphalt, which was a lot colder after the overnight rain and the morning storms. Instead, in the race I found myself without grip on the rear tyre.

"I chose not to take the harder tyre that Rossi, Melandri and Edwards probably used, I think Hayden maybe too, because it didn't work for me in practice. This was an erroneous decision. I was hoping that with a few laps heating up it would have worked better, but instead I was never able to ride at the pace I did on the first two days, not even when I managed to get past the first group of riders and had a clear track ahead of me."

Barros' Australian team-mate Troy Bayliss also finished the race in disappointment after only managing to take 11th position. The Honda rider is hopeful of redressing the situation at the next appointment at Laguna Seca.

"What can I say about the race, it was average considering recent races and despite giving everything, once more I was unable to ride as well as I can, said Bayliss. I'm obviously not happy because there's not much difference for me between eleventh and twentieth, but there's not much else I can do apart from continuing to work hard with my head down and bring this situation to an end. I'm happy to be going to Laguna Seca now, a track I really like, where I hope we can make some much needed steps forward."

MotoGP, 2005, GAULOISES TT ASSEN, Alex Barros

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