Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Catalunya 2005 pre-season IRTA test - MotoGP
Barcelona - Sunday March 20th 2005

Alex and Troy satisfied with tests in Barcelona

The third and final day of tests in Barcelona was a real mix of excitement and
technical intrigue. The forty minutes of officially timed testing brought a
buzzing public to the Catalunya circuit stands, but the most important part for
the teams of course, was the time reserved for the usual technical tests. Alex
was unable to make the most of the soft tyre during the qualifying time, but
leaves Barcelona very satisfied with the tests, which have seen him improve both
his race pace and fast lap performances constantly over the three days. Troy
improved on his time from yesterday, using race tyres in the late afternoon and
with the asphalt cooled down, so he was understandably pleased. The next
appointment for the MotoGp teams is in just four days' time in Jerez for another
three days of tests, and subsequently on the 10th of April, for the start of the
2005 season.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"I was delighted to see the grandstands full today, and I think that the crowd
enjoyed this competitive test. Obviously, what mattered though were the tests to
set up the bike at this track, and through the whole of the three days here they
were good for us. Alex also demonstrated that he has a good race pace here, as
he did in Malaysia, Australia and Qatar. I'm sure he will be in great shape for
the start of the season in three weeks time. Troy continues to work determinedly
and in the next test in Jerez he will be able to make a direct comparison
between his feelings on the bike now and his feelings back in December. In Jerez
not only does the winter testing come to an end, but the first race will be run
there also; so it is an particularly important session."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda - 1'43.274 (51 laps) 9th fastest

"As I predicted yesterday, today was a little strange, split up by a timed test
session which broke our work rhythm. In that period I used a soft tyre too, but
it was a little too cold and the fast time didn't come for me. Nevertheless I
think that we could have done more or less as well as Valentino, so
congratulations to Sete for his fast lap. Afterwards we continued to test
various tyres, picking out a front which could be good but which definitely
needs more tests. We will try it in Jerez again. Even though today didn't go
perfect, in general I'm satisfied with how things are going. As regards the new
flag to flag ruling, the fact that they have decided to allow us to change the
bike instead of just the tyres doesn't change much for me, but as long as my
colleagues are happy, things are okay like that."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda - 1'43.775 (76 laps) 14th fastest

"I think that the times don't necessarily reflect the situation exactly because
the day was a little weird. There were those who used a soft tyre in the timed
session and those who did afterwards, those who made the most of it and those
who didn't, and there were also those who improved their time from yesterday
using race tyres. I'm one of the latter, and I'm particularly happy because I
did it towards the end of the day, when the track was a lot cooler. Apart from
continuing with the set-up, I have found a front tyre that gives me confidence,
so I'm anxious to get to Jerez to confirm these positive feelings."

Official times on the third and final day of qualifying:

 1. Gibernau (Honda)       1'41.851
 2. Rossi (Yamaha)         1'42.270
 3. Hayden (Honda)         1'42.507
 4. Melandri               1'42.797
 5. Tamada (Honda)         1'42.823
 6. Biaggi (Honda)         1'42.977
 7. Hopkins (Suzuki)       1'43.117
 8. Edwards (Yamaha)       1'43.131
 9. Barros (Camel Honda)   1'43.274
10. Capirossi (Ducati)     1'43.531
11. Nakano (Kawasaki)      1'43.661
12. Hofmann (Kawasaki)     1'43.709
13. Itoh (Ducati)          1'43.736
14. Bayliss (Camel Honda)  1'43.775
15. Roberts (Suzuki)       1'43.991
16. Elias (Yamaha)         1'44.589
17. Xaus (Yamaha)          1'44.712
18. Rolfo (Ducati)         1'45.196
19. Guareschi (Ducati)     1'45.410