Camel Honda riders Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss had a 'challenging' first day of testing at Barcelona on Friday, but both were ultimately rewarded for their efforts and are hoping to benefit from them over the next two days.

Barros had trouble all day with a small problem in the forks, which was resolved towards the end of the day, and remains optimistic of improving on his seventh fastest time tomorrow.

"Today was a challenging day, which ended a few minutes early because we had tested all the tyres we had been handed," began the Brazilian. "The whole day we were struggling with the forks; we did thousands of tests but none of them seemed to work, with none of the tyres. At the end we changed them and everything was solved in an instant.

"Now we have found out that there was a little technical problem with a sensor, nothing serious, but enough to stop me from riding my best. As soon as we made the change, using the same settings and the same tyres as before I rode half a second quicker. It's a shame that it was just over an hour before the end. That doesn't matter though, now I know we are ready and we can go well," he concluded.

Team-mate Bayliss spent his time focussed on more general set-up issues and also believes he'll be rewarded for his efforts tomorrow.

"I'm very satisfied because we are working well. Today I did so many laps and there was some positive progression," explained Troy, who was 13th fastest. "We picked out the direction we will work in and I fell confident now. I'm sure we will improve, we are just at the beginning of this very important test and we have to make the most of it so we can be ready for the first race."

Barcelona test times - Friday:

1.Max Biaggi ITA Repsol Honda 1min 43.158 secs
2.Sete Gibernau SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 1min 43.254 secs
3.Makoto TamadaJPN Konica Minolta Honda 1min 43.347 secs
4.Marco MelandriITA Telefonica Movistar Honda 1min 43.433 secs
5.Valentino RossiITA Gauloises Yamaha 1min 43.518 secs
6.Colin Edwards USA Gauloises Yamaha 1min 43.882 secs
7.Alex Barros BRA Camel Honda 1min 43.902 secs
8.Loris CapirossiITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 43.974 secs
9.Carlos Checa SPA Ducati Marlboro 1min 44.102 secs
10.Kenny RobertsUSA Team Suzuki 1min 44.282 secs
11.Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda 1min 44.284 secs
12.Shinya NakanoJPN Fuchs Kawasaki1min 44.325 secs
13.Troy Bayliss AUS Camel Honda 1min 44.403 secs
14.Alex HofmannGER Fuchs Kawasaki1min 44.548 secs
15.Toni Elias SPA Fortuna Yamaha 1min 44.55 secs
16.Ruben Xaus SPA Fortuna Yamaha 1min 44.787 secs
17.John Hopkins USA Team Suzuki 1min 44.849 secs
18.Shinichi Itoh JPN Ducati-Bridgestone 1min 45.043 secs
19.Nobuatsu AokiJPN Team Suzuki 1min 45.727 secs
20. Roberto Rolfo ITA D'Antin Ducati 1min 46.331 secs
21.Shane ByrneGBR Team KR-KTM1min 47.152 secs
22.James EllisonGBR Blata WCM1min 47.663 secs
23.Vittoriano Guareschi ITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 48.217 secs
24.Franco BattainiITA Blata WCM1min 49.115 secs
25.Shimizu KazukiJPN Fuchs Kawasaki1min 56.136 secs

Comparative lap times:

Catalan Grand Prix - 13/6/2004:

Pole position: Sete Gibernau SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 1min 42.596secs

Fastest laps: Honda: Sete Gibernau SPA Camel Honda 1min 44.641secsYamaha: Marco Melandri ITA Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 1min 44.708secs Ducati: Ruben Xaus SPA D'Antin Ducati 1min 45.119secsSuzuki: Kenny Roberts USA Team Suzuki 1min 45.477secsKawasaki: Shinya Nakano JPN Fuchs Kawasaki 1min 45.532secsAprilia: Shane Byrne GBR MS Aprilia 1min 47.038secsProton KR: Nobuatsu Aoki JPN Proton Team KR 1min 47.739secs



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