Alex Barros, Honda MotoGP rider who's been relegated to satellite B teams for much of his career has just beaten Valentino Rossi at the Motegi Japan round of MotoGP.

This was Barros' first RC211V race ever.

Even though Barros does not have a contract for next season, Honda decided to let the normally 2-stroke rider try out the RC211V 4-stroke for the last 4 races of the season after only 4 hours and 20 minutes of practice and qualifying on the new Honda.