Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Sepang, Malaysia
Friday, February 11, 2005

Ambient temperature: 38 degrees
Track temperature:  55 degrees
Humidity: 28%


The Gauloises Yamaha Team's busy winter testing schedule resumed in Sepang
today, as the team began the second three-day test of the year at the Malaysian
circuit. Just over a fortnight since they were last here, reigning World
Champion Valentino Rossi and his new Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards were back on
board their 2005-specification YZR-M1s, once again sharing the track with the
large majority of their fellow MotoGP competitors.

Rossi completed 58 laps and was fifth fastest in the unofficial standings with a
best time of 2'02.53, despite suffering from a fever which worsened as the day
wore on. He spent much of the day testing Michelin tyres, whilst also doing some
work on the engine braking settings of his M1. Like his team-mate, Edwards' day
was largely focused on tyre work with he and his team also spending some time
changing the front and rear settings. He set a fastest lap of 2'02.98 from a
total of 63, which was the ninth fastest time of the day. The Quickest man on
the track was Honda man Sete Gibernau with a time of 2'01.76, followed by fellow
Honda riders Alex Barros (2'02.12) and Makoto Tamada (2'02.41). Loris Capirossi
set the fourth fastest time of the day on his Ducati, just ahead of Rossi with a
lap of 2'02.47.

Valentino Rossi, (2'02.53, 58 laps)

"I had a fever today and I didn't feel so good. As the day went on I felt more
and more weak and I began to find it hard to focus on the bike. I thought it was
a good idea to stop a little early, as we had already done all the work we
wanted to do. We worked a lot on tyres today and also on engine braking; we had
a few things to improve on this from the last test and we managed that today, so
we achieved what we needed to do. I am going to go to sleep early tonight and I
hope to feel better tomorrow!"

Colin Edwards (2'02.98, 63 laps)

"We had a few difficulties starting out today; for some reason the bike didn't
feel the same as last time, but once we sat down and discussed things,
everything got better. We did a lot of tyre work and didn't change much on the
settings throughout the morning, but this afternoon we played around a bit with
the front and rear settings, and made some good improvements. It felt even
hotter than at the last test, but I'm pleased because I was doing consistently
fast laps during the hottest part of the day."

Davide Brivio, Gauloises Yamaha Team Director

"The first day went quite smoothly for the whole team. We did a good job with
the tyres and we are now fine-tuning the bike settings and will continue to work
on this over the next two days. We took it quite easy today as we have plenty of
time ahead of us!"

Unofficial Lap Times:

 1. Sete Gibernau (Honda)     2'01.76
 2. Alex Barros (Honda)       2'02.12
 3. Makoto Tamada (Honda)     2'02.41
 4. Loris Capirossi (Ducati)  2'02.47
 6. Carlos Checa (Ducati)     2'02.56

 9. COLIN EDWARDS (YAMAHA)    2'02.98