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Barros reaches 250th GP milestone

Barros reaches 250th GP milestone

Barros reaches 250th GP milestone

Brazilian veteran Alex Barros is set for his 250th GP appearance in today's British Grand Prix at Donington Park. Barros began his apprenticeship racing 50cc mopeds in his hometown of Sao Paolo and, after winning the Brazilian 125cc and 250cc Championships, he moved to Spain in 1986 and debuted in the 80cc World Championship at the tender age of 15.

Since then he has scored 30 podiums, including seven wins, and has scored a total of 1891 points in the premier-class – only Mick Doohan has a greater career points total.

"I'm happy to arrive at that number and, more than anything, to arrive at that number safely, in good physical condition," commented Barros at the celebration held by the Camel Honda team on Saturday night at Donington Park. "Motorcycling is all my life, I started when I was three or four years old and now I'm 34 and still racing."

Barros admitted that he's not thinking about retirement now: "I'd like to continue racing for a while. And when the time to stop racing comes, I won't be able to stop riding bikes. Amongst the best moments of my career, the simple fact of riding bikes is at the top of the list."

MotoGP, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Alex Barros

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