Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Spanish Grand Prix
Jerez, Spain
Saturday 9th April, 2005


Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi and his YZR-M1 machine will start
from pole position at the opening round of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship
after a breathtaking performance in this afternoon's qualifying session for the
Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. Rossi smashed his own pole position record from
last season by almost 1.5 seconds as he stormed to a time of 1'39.419, holding
off the challenge of closest rival Sete Gibernau (Honda) by a comfortable 0.496

Colin Edwards enjoyed contrasting fortunes to his Gauloises Yamaha team-mate,
struggling to convert his race pace to a qualifying lap and lining up 15th on
the grid. Edwards has shown good consistency all weekend but suffered from grip
problems with the front end of his YZR-M1 machine when using Michelin's
excellent rear qualifier and now faces a fight through the pack when Sunday's
race gets underway at 2pm local time.

Rossi and Gibernau are joined on the front row of the grid by Marco Melandri
(Honda), who posted his best time on the final lap to relegate Nicky Hayden
(Honda) to the second row alongside Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki) and Loris
Capirossi (Ducati).

VALENTINO ROSSI - (1'39.419, 24 laps)

"My fast lap was incredible! Michelin made a great job with the qualifying
tyres - my first one was good but the second was even better. There is a big
question mark over the tyre choice for the race tomorrow because after a few
laps they start to slide a lot, but it's the same situation for everyone. Now
we're just looking for good weather tomorrow and hopefully it will be a
beautiful race."

COLIN EDWARDS (1'41.176, 28 laps)

"I was really confident that I would be able to lap in the mid-1'40 mark but it
just didn't happen today. The basic problem is that the rear qualifying tyre has
so much grip that it pushes a lot of load on to the front and it keeps tucking
under. I was losing the front all over the place and we just couldn't come up
with an answer in time. The good thing is that on race tyres I'm not having this
problem and my pace is pretty good. I've been in the mid-41s fairly consistently
and if I can grit my teeth together and squeeze a couple more tenths out then it
should be enough to stay with the front group. The hardest thing will be to make
sure I don't get blocked in so I'll be going out there to pass as many riders as
I can from the first corner."


"Valentino did an incredible lap and for a few minutes afterwards the garage was
in shocked silence! Michelin have made a big step forward with the qualifying
tyre and it allowed Valentino to exploit his full potential. But this is only
pole position and our focus now is on the race. It will be a different matter
altogether because tyre durability could become a major issue. Colin will start
with a disadvantage because of his grid position but he has shown this weekend
that he has good pace and I am looking forward to seeing him improve his
position in the race. We'll see what happens tomorrow but I'm confident that
both our riders will be competitive."


 1. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team  1'39.419
 2. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP    1'39.915
 3. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP   1'40.179


 4. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team         1'40.465
 5. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team     1'40.542
 6. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team   1'40.648


 7. Makoto Tamada (JPN) JIR Konica Minolta Team  1'40.707
 8. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda                1'40.720
 9. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Camel Honda               1'40.774

 15. COLIN EDWARDS (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team   1'41.176