Despite finishing the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China in a much lower position than his tremendous fourth place in Turkey, Alex Barros had perhaps an even more incredible race in Shanghai.
If any doubt remained as to whether the Brazilian
veteran could still cut it with the best of the MotoGP class, a look at the lap analysis for the race answers any critics who scoffed at Barros' podium predictions for 2007.
The Pramac d'Antin rider finished 14th in the race, but would have been a contender for a rostrum finish if he hadn't have been caught up in an incident with Toni Elias on the opening lap.
Whereas many riders would have walked away when faced with the task of picking up a stalled bike and push-starting it after losing 40 seconds, Barros not only got back on but then began to clock times on a par with those of race winner Casey Stoner.
Mid-2'00 laps whilst riding more or less on his own are an encouraging sign for Barros, who now heads to Le Mans where he stepped onto the podium in 2003.
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