Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Spanish GP - Round 1 - MotoGP
Jerez- Saturday 9th April 2005 - Qualifying practice

Both Camel Honda riders qualify in the top ten for Spanish GP

Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss will both start from the third row of the grid in
the Spanish GP tomorrow. With the eighth and ninth fastest times respectively,
the two Camel Honda men were both in the top ten in today's qualifying session
after setting similar times and lapping inside last year's pole record. Both
riders battled in the top five throughout the session, when everybody was on
race tyres, but lost a few positions in the final push on qualification rubber.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"Both our riders will start from the third row with virtually the same
qualifying time and just a hair's breadth from the riders in front of them. In
my opinion tomorrow's race will be very combative and it will be important to
get a good start. If they can get away well at the green light they should be
able to stick with the pace of the lead group and, with both of them being the
great fighters that they are, there's every chance of a top result."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda - 1'40.720  8th fastest

"Compared with the tests here two weeks ago the conditions have changed quite a
lot and the difference is notable on the track. It was windy this afternoon, it
was cold and that made it harder to ride than at the tests. We tried to change
the set-up accordingly this morning but without too much success. In the
afternoon we went back to a fork setting that worked better although it is still
not as good as I would like. We're about half a second off the pace and that
isn't satisfactory. Anyway, this is the best set-up we have found and I'll have
to try and fight my way to the front tomorrow so that we can take home a good
result. As far as the tyres are concerned we don't have a problem - I'm ready
for the race."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda - 1'40.774  9th fastest

"I'm relatively happy - the third row of the grid isn't bad. We've improved but
the guys at the front have set a very fast pace and it will be important to get
a good start tomorrow. We've got a couple of things to try in the warm-up -
nothing major, just small adjustments. I'm not really thinking about that
though, just looking forward to a good race."