Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Spanish GP - Round 1 - MotoGP
Jerez- Sunday April 10th 2005 - Race

Great start to the season for Camel Honda

It was a good start to the 2005 season for the Camel Honda team and its two
riders, Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss, who finished fourth and sixth places
respectively at the end of a hard-fought Spanish Grand Prix. After a tough
weekend of practices, Alex was transformed in the race and made a sparkling
recovery from twelfth place to finish fourth. Meanwhile Troy showed how much
progress he had made with sheer determination and hard work throughout the
winter on the RC211V, taking a brilliant result taken through gritted teeth in
his first ride with Honda.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"I am quite satisfied with our beginning to the season, it was a great team
result in the first race, with two new riders and a lot of highs and lows during
the winter. Alex made a great fightback today, after a weekend of problems and
above all after a not too brilliant start. I'm happy for him. I'm also happy for
Troy, because he had a great debut race after a tough off-season. I really think
he is finding a feeling for the new bike and I think that he is getting the
confidence with it, the best is surely yet to come. We're on the right tracks

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -  4th

"I can't say I'm satisfied with fourth place, especially because of how it came
about. I'm happy when I fight at the front, for podium positions, not when I'm
so behind. If I was fourth and one second behind, then fine, I can say I was
there or thereabouts, that I lost the battle with the others, looking to win it.
But so far away, I can't say that I'm happy. I paid a high price for my start,
when I made the mistake of not engaging the electronic start system and I was
caught in the traffic. Then I ran wide as I tried to go past, and at the end it
took me half a race to get up to the right pace: by then the front group was
much too far away. Nevertheless, this is only the first race, and now I have to
do better in Estoril."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -  6th

"I'm quite happy. I think that sixth isn't a bad result for the first race with
a new bike. I'm happy for the team too. We still have a long season ahead of us,
and I need and want to get on that bike and do some good races. I feel good, now
my motivation is even greater and I can't wait for the Portuguese GP next week."