Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Spanish GP- Round 1 - MotoGP
Jerez- Friday April 8th, 2005 - Free Practice

Everyone on track for start of MotoGP World Championship.
End of first free practice day

Just a year ago on Friday afternoon at the opening race of the MotoGP World
Championship, at two in the afternoon, the green light came on for the first
qualifying practices of the season. Today, in line with new regulations, the
MotoGP riders instead had a second free practice session, with a single hour
tomorrow afternoon deciding the starting grid for the Spanish Grand Prix at the
Jerez de la Frontera circuit. The two Camel Honda team riders therefore
dedicated their time to setting up their bikes for the race, without using
qualifying tyres. Alex Barros tried two different types of forks, as Troy
Bayliss worked to improve his feeling on the front end, cutting half a second
off his time from the morning.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"We are working to be ready for tomorrow afternoon's qualifying, when the
qualifying tyres we chose not to use today will come into play. Tomorrow will be
important to try and get good grid position, but also to get up to a higher
rhythm, because in the race, to be able to fight with the front pack, you have
to be riding constantly quicker than we were today."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda - 1'41.728  10th position

"Today we worked a lot on the bike, but obviously we are still not happy. I
could have ridden two or three tenths quicker, but it still wouldn't have been
enough because with conditions like today's, the proper pace is about half a
second faster. We tried two different sets of forks, but even though the feeling
changes, the times remain more or less the same. Evidently tomorrow we will try
to find a compromise between the two. We also have to choose the rear tyre, with
the front we chose in the test going pretty well. The track has a bit less grip
than two weeks ago, so we need to improve adhesion both on the front and the

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda - 1'42.121  13th position

"I'm not at all satisfied with this first day, where we worked a lot on both
bikes to find the right direction for the race. I used race tyres throughout,
and I think that tomorrow we can improve considerably as we did since this
morning. Above all I want to find a better feeling with the front of my RC211V."