Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Sepang, Malaysia
Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Ambient temperature: 34 degrees
Track temperature:  52 degrees
Humidity: 30%


The first Gauloises Yamaha Team test of 2005 was rounded off this afternoon with
another set of good lap-times from factory team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin
Edwards. The two team-mates and their crews were satisfied with the work
completed over the three days and will now head home for a short rest before
returning to Sepang in just over two weeks to continue the busy winter testing

World Champion Rossi and Yamaha new-recruit Edwards both completed long runs on
their 2005-specification YZR-M1s this afternoon and also spent time testing
different tyres for Michelin. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) set the unofficial
fastest time for the third consecutive day with a lap of 2'00.54, followed by
Honda rider and last year's championship runner-up Sete Gibernau with a time of
2'01.21. Rossi completed 45 laps and improved from yesterday with the third
fastest lap of the day in a time of 2'01.36. He was followed by Honda team-mates
Nicky Hayden (2'01.68) and Max Biaggi (2'01.91) with Edwards sixth fastest after
43 laps and a best time of 2'01.93.

Valentino Rossi, (2'01.36, 45 laps)

"I am very happy with this test, especially today. It's been a very important
test with the new bike, and we've done some good work. We did quite a few laps
together today and the bike felt really good, as did the tyres. We've improved
from the race last year and from the last test in November, which is
encouraging. We still have a lot of things to test with the new bike and a lot
of work to do, but we are looking forward to another good test next month."

Colin Edwards (2'01'93, 43 laps)

"Today was good. I did a long run of laps in the hottest part of the day, and
the wind had changed so all the brake markers were different! It took me a
couple of laps to readjust and I made a few mistakes, but once I got settled I
kept a good pace and it all felt okay. I'm leaving here on a positive note and
I'm pleased with what we've achieved. I can't wait to come back and hopefully
carry on the good work!"

Jeremy Burgess, Valentino Rossi's Crew Chief

"The test has been a success and we're on schedule. The lap times have been
better and we've improved the new bike; we're not unhappy in any regard. This is
only the first test of the year, but Yamaha has done an excellent job and given
us a good bike, so now it's up to us to get it ready for the start of the season."

Daniele Romagnoli, Colin Edwards' Crew Chief

"This has been a positive test all round. We've found a good feeling with the
bike and the set-up is okay. The bike is turning well and we've improved
stability over the course of the test. Colin did a long run this afternoon and
his pace was fast, better than in the race last year. Of course we need to come
back here for the next test and continue with everything we've been doing; we
need to work on the settings for the chassis and suspension and continue making
small improvements, but we've got a good base to start from."

Unofficial Lap Times:

 1. Loris Capirossi (Ducati)  2'00.54
 2. Sete Gibernau (Honda)     2'01.21
 4. Nicky Hayden (Honda)      2'01.68
 5. Max Biaggi (Honda)        2'01.91
 6. COLIN EDWARDS (YAMAHA)    2'01.93