Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Troy discusses the preseason tests and his adaptation to the Camel Honda team

Troy Bayliss is generally recognised as a friendly, easy-going character in the
paddock and an aggressive and determined competitor on the track, a true warrior
who gets the most out of his talent in a race, more than in qualifying or
testing. Last year, at the end of a difficult season which saw himself and his
team-mate Loris Capirossi struggle with a bike which had been taken down a
less-than-perfect path of development, the former World Superbike Champion
signed off with a superb podium at Valencia, demonstrating the tenacity he had
needed to gradually improve the set-up of his Ducati.

Having moved from SBK to MotoGP two years ago, the switch to Camel Honda at the
end of 2004 signals another decisive point in his career, which for Troy is
another major source of motivation:

"For me the switch from Ducati to Honda is a bigger change than coming from
Superbikes to MotoGP", commented the Australian before departing for Qatar,
where he will begin three days of tests tomorrow. "But it is a challenge which I
am ready to take on and it gives me a lot of motivation." 

"Occasionally it's still a bit of a strange feeling because at the end of the
day Honda has been the rival bike for such a long time," he continued. "But the
team is fantastic and we're already getting a good rapport going. There's a
really good team spirit - not just with Sito, Santi, Ramon and my mechanics but
also with Alex and his team. It's incredible how hard everybody is working to
help me find a better feeling with the bike, which is still a fast machine
capable of winning races, as the lap times of my factory colleagues have shown
and the times I set myself in Spain at the end of 2004. The first stage of our
preseason preparations has definitely had high and low points, with great
results at Jerez and a few too many difficulties at Sepang. But Malaysia has
never been one of my favourite tracks and things went a lot better the following
week at Phillip Island."

Troy admits that he has to improve several areas of the set-up of the bike but
he is ready to work with the team with the objective of being ready for the
first race of the season and remains positive as he continues his learning period.

"At the end of the day the season starts at Jerez, where we looked strong,
whilst Malaysia is towards the end of the season and we will have had a lot of
time to get ready for that race," he smiles.

The Camel Honda team will be back on track at the Losail circuit in Qatar
alongside several other top MotoGP teams for three days of tests starting

"I can't wait," says Bayliss. "I want to complete as many kilometres as possible
and continue the work we started in Australia. We won't make major changes to
the set-up but we'll just keep going step by step, trying to find a good rhythm
and improving the feeling, working on the electronic management system and the
suspension. Qatar is a strange circuit where I haven't ridden much and where we
have very few references. The Superbikes have just raced there so the track
might not be too dirty but you never know, it only takes a bit of wind to blow
sand onto the track. Anyway, it's good to be able to test there."

Finally, Troy commented on the new rules in MotoGP, which will see quite a few
changes next season.

"I'm not convinced by the new flag-to flag rule in case of rain but, as far as
I'm concerned, I think it's a good idea to just have one qualifying session on a
Saturday afternoon.  That way on a Friday we can concentrate solely on finding a
good set-up for the bike and there'll be more time for testing, without worrying
about lap times".

After the Qatar test and before the first IRTA sessions in Spain, Troy Bayliss,
Alex Barros and the rest of the Camel Honda team will be in Italy on the 16th
March for the official team presentation in Milan.