Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Gauloises Yamaha Team Test
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Monday 11th April 2005


Less than 24 hours after his stunning win in the first Grand Prix of the season,
Valentino Rossi was back out on the Jerez circuit alongside his Yamaha team-mate
Colin Edwards, who finished a battling ninth yesterday in his first race for
Yamaha in MotoGP. The two riders and their crews made use of the good weather to
complete a half-day of testing and were joined on the track by Fortuna Yamaha
riders Toni Elias and Ruben Xaus, as well as one rider from each of the Kawasaki
and Ducati teams.

The Gauloises Yamaha Team spent the afternoon trying some new tyres for
Michelin, working on engine mapping and making small adjustments to the settings
on Rossi and Edwards' 2005 prototype YZR-M1s. Edwards was the fastest man on the
track out of the six riders, setting a best time of 1'40.98 from 52 laps, over a
half-second's improvement on the best lap of 1'41.596 that he set in yesterday's
race. Rossi was next fastest with a best lap of 1'41.00 after 41 laps, just
ahead of Ducati rider Carlos Checa, who set a fastest lap of 1'41.01.

The team now moves on to Portugal for the second race of the year, which takes
place in Estoril next Sunday, 17th April.

COLIN EDWARDS (1'40.98, 52 laps)

"After this test we basically understand what happened yesterday and where we've
been going wrong lately. Once we had worked out the problem, the lap times came
easily and I was lapping consistently in the 1'41s all afternoon. My best lap
was on a race tyre. It's frustrating because we really could have done with
knowing this before the weekend! I tried two tyres for Michelin and worked a bit
on mapping, but mostly we were just getting the settings and geometry back to
where we wanted it. I really needed this after not such a great race yesterday
and it's left me feeling much more positive about Estoril. I hope we can put
today's work to good use there."

VALENTINO ROSSI (1'41.00, 41 laps)

"I am happy because this was a positive test; although it was very short, it was
worthwhile. We worked on some settings on the suspension to try to find more
feeling with the bike, and we made some good progress. We also looked at the
engine mapping to try to find a way to make the bike smoother during
acceleration, which is of course very important. We tried some new tyres from
Michelin to improve the performance of the bike and they were not so bad. We
didn't change anything big from the weekend, this was really just a test to play
with some small but very important details, and we have learnt quite a lot. Now
I am ready for a short rest before we start again on Friday in Portugal for
round two of the Championship."


"This was a good test. The target was to go through the problems that arose
during the weekend and it was definitely worthwhile; we made steps forward with
both riders. Now we hope to be able to use this to our benefit during the next
weekend in Portugal."


 1. COLIN EDWARDS (Gauloises Yamaha Team)    1'40.98, 52 laps
 2. VALENTINO ROSSI (Gauloises Yamaha Team)  1'41.00, 41 laps
 3. Carlos Checa (Ducati Marlboro Team)      1'41.01, 54 laps
 4. Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team)         1'41.90, 63 laps
 5. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki Racing Team)     1'42.00, 46 laps
 6. Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team)         1.42.80, 73 laps