Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
Yamaha completes successful Sepang test

Sepang, Malaysia

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.

Fortuna Yamaha riders Toni Elas and Rubn Xaus stuck to their testing programme
and rode throughout the day without making too many changes to the set-up of
their YZR M1 machines. An impressive performance from Elias who was diagnosed
last night with a fracture to the little finger of his right hand - suffered on
Sunday. Elas still managed an impressive 2'02.80 after 51 laps with his injured
hand. His team-mate Xaus' best effort was a 2'04.00 after 52 laps.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team) - 2'01.36

"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 (Gauloises Yamaha Team) - 2'01'93

"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 braking 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."

Toni Elas (Fortuna Yamaha Tech3) - 2'02.80

"I'm really satisfied because things were tough after my crash on Sunday but in
the end we were able to complete the testing programme we had planned. This
afternoon I was even able to do my first tyre test with Michelin. We haven't
made any major changes to the M1 although we have adjusted a few minor technical
aspects. It doesn't feel quite so strange to be riding the M1 anymore although
there are a few things that don't come naturally to me yet. But everything needs
time and I'll adapt to the bike, eventually. The tests went much better here
than in Valencia, where I rode the M1 for the first time. I have to get used to
test sessions as long as this one and hopefully I can keep going like this. I've
really enjoyed it and I'm leaving here a happy man!"

Rubn Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Tech3) - 2'04.00

"Riding a bike which is so different to what I am used to has given me a few
physical problems and I've suffered a few blisters as a result. Today we
concentrated on continuing to get to know the M1 because yesterday we were
lapping quickly all day and this is a difficult track. You can see clearly on
the telemetry that I'm giving it plenty of gas. The bike is shorter and the
weight transfer is very different to the Ducati. With me not being used to the
M1 I worked harder than the bike over the first two days! The relationship with
the team is good although I still have to get used to the way the Japanese work.
Maybe it would have been easier to ride the bike for the first time in Europe,
where I've got more references. Anyway, we had to do it here and I'm very happy
with the way the first test has gone with Yamaha!"

Testing times - Day 3

Loris Capirossi (Ducati):                2'00.54
Sete Gibernau (Honda):                   2'01.325
Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team): 2'01.36
Nicky Hayden (Honda):                    2'01.68
Max Biaggi (Honda):                      2'01.91
Alex Barros (Honda):                     2'01.90
Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team):   2'01.93
Marco Melandri (Honda):                  2'02.10
Troy Bayliss (Honda):                    2'02.69
Toni Elas (Fortuna Yamaha Tech3);       2'02.80
Makoto Tamada (Honda):                   2'02.80
Rubn Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Tech3):       2'04.00