Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Rossi increases championship lead after tricky Estoril race
Round: 2 - Estoril MotoGP
Circuit: Estoril
Date: 17 April 2005
Crowd: 80000
Temp: 17ēC
Weather: Changeable

Valentino Rossi finished second in the Portuguese Grand Prix today after a
difficult race with changing weather conditions in Estoril. His Gauloises Yamaha
team-mate Colin Edwards showed a marked improvement in his performance but made
a small mistake on the slippery track and slid out off from fourth position four
laps from the end. He remounted and finished sixth, taking ten points in the
process and helping the Yamaha Factory Team to move to the top of the Team
Championship standings.

Starting from fourth, Rossi kept his grid position until he passed Max Biaggi
(Honda) on lap four and moved into third place. He had to work hard to keep in
front of his fellow Italian and was unable to keep pace with eventual winner
Alex Barros (Honda) and Sete Gibernau (Honda) as they opened up a gap over the
rest of the field. Meanwhile Edwards was engaged in a close battle with Marco
Melandri (Honda), the pair changing positions several times with neither able to
make the pass stick.

With 20 laps to go and the rainfall heavier, white flags were displayed due to a
new MotoGP rule whereby Race Direction can grant the riders permission to make a
pit stop and change bikes if they choose to. Since the rain never became much
more than a gentle drizzle, all riders chose to continue to race on slick tyres.
The difficult track conditions took their toll however when race leader Gibernau
crashed out on lap 17, elevating Rossi and Edwards to second and fifth
respectively. On lap 20 Edwards passed Melandri and was finally starting to open
up a gap on the Honda rider, when he was caught off-guard by the slippery track
at turn one and slid off. Luckily he was unhurt and remounted immediately, while
Rossi stuck behind Barros and eventually finished 2.771 seconds behind the
Brazilian, with Biaggi in third.

For the Fortuna Yamaha Team, like everyone else in the MotoGP field, the new
flag to flag format made for a challenging race. But both Ruben Xaus and Toni
Elias approached the race with the same frame of mind - to learn and survive.
They managed to do just that with Xaus finishing a respectable 10th while Elias
struggled with the extra burden of a knee injury - the result of yesterday's

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 2nd

"That was a really difficult race for me. The conditions were so strange, with
patches of rain here and there. In the beginning it was light rain, then it got
worse and worse so that the first part of the track was very wet. It was a
horrible feeling to ride with slicks in the wet. Anyway, I'm very happy to have
finished in second place because we're now 20 points ahead, and this was a very
important race for us in terms of the championship. The bike still has a few
problems and we have a lot of work to do. Today was a bit of miracle really,
there was quite a lot of luck involved!

"I gradually got used to the conditions during the race but it's not ideal to
ride like that. The new wet race rules are better for TV but it's not entirely
safe, although it's clearer now for all the riders when the race has been
declared as wet. I think it's impossible in our sport, though, to find a perfect
rule for that."

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 6th

"That was a good race although of course I am disappointed about falling. The
bike felt completely different from the Jerez race and I felt like I could have
kept pace with Rossi and Barros quite easily. Unfortunately I was fighting with
Melandri and for the first half of the race I just couldn't make the pass stick
on him; gradually the leaders just edged away. Finally I got away from him and
Iwas pushing in order to keep a space between us, but I hit that slippery patch
at turn one and went down, it just caught me off guard! Everywhere else on the
track was okay and you could get the bike fully leaned over, but turn one was
just like ice. It was my mistake and I'm annoyed, but the rest of the race was
really encouraging and a big improvement."

Davide Brivio, Gauloises Yamaha Team

"That was a race in very difficult conditions with the change from the dry to
the wet. Congratulations to all the riders who finished the race. It was a good
race for Yamaha; with Valentino we've scored 20 important points. It would have
been easy to make a mistake so he did very well to keep pushing and finish in
second without any problems. For Colin this was a big improvement from the last
race, we fixed some problems after the last test in Jerez and he quickly found a
good base here. He made a small mistake but he was able to recover and finish
still in a good position. It was an encouraging race for him and I hope this is
the start of a good season."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 10th

"Throughout the weekend we improved our pace and because of this I was looking
forward to a dry race. I had to start from the fourth row, which wasn't easy,
and I couldn't find a really good rhythm until the latter stages of the race. Of
course by then it was too late to do anything. It was a very difficult race and
to be honest I was just happy to survive. I spent most of the race running
around on my own and that made it very lonely and the race seemed to drag on
forever. I hope Shanghai is dry!"

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 14th

"It was a really difficult weekend for me. It started good but ended with me
struggling, physically, due to the injury to my knee. The rain kept changing the
track conditions for us, which made it very difficult. Even so I think it was a
very good experience and I have to keep thinking in this way - to learn."

Race classification MotoGP

Round: 2 - Estoril MotoGP
Circuit: Estoril
Circuit Length: 4182m
Lap Record: 1' 39.189 (Valentino Rossi, 2003)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 38.412 (Loris Capirossi, 2003)

Race: 28 Laps

Pos. Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   A. Barros     Honda         BRA  47'14.053
 2   V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA     +2.771
 3   M. Biaggi     Honda         ITA     +6.071
 4   M. Melandri   Honda         ITA    +29.546
 5   C. Checa      Ducati        ESP    +29.774
 6   C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA    +44.216
 7   N. Hayden     Honda         USA    +57.121
 8   S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN    +59.847
 9   L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA  +1' 7.718
10   R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP  +1'22.431
11   T. Bayliss    Honda         AUS  +1'33.529
12   K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA  +1'34.051
13   R. Rolfo      Ducati        ITA  +1'35.956
14   T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP  +1'36.492
15   J. Ellison    Blata WCM     GBR  +2 lap(s)

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   A. Barros     Honda         BRA   1'38.480

Championship standings MotoGP
Pos. Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Valentino Rossi  Yamaha        ITA    45
 2   Alex Barros      Honda         BRA    38
 3   Marco Melandri   Honda         ITA    29
 4   Max Biaggi       Honda         ITA    25
 5   Sete Gibernau    Honda         ESP    20
 6   Shinya Nakano    Kawasaki      JPN    19
 7   Colin Edwards    Yamaha        USA    17
 8   Carlos Checa     Ducati        ESP    17
 9   Troy Bayliss     Honda         AUS    15
10   Loris Capirossi  Ducati        ITA    10
11   Nicky Hayden     Honda         USA     9
12   Makato Tamada    Honda         JPN     8
13   Ruben Xaus       Yamaha        ESP     6
14   Toni Elias       Yamaha        ESP     6
15   Alex Hofman      Kawasaki      GER     5

Manufacturers standings MotoGP

Pos. Manufacturer Points
 1   Yamaha         45
 1   Honda          45
 2   Kawasaki       19
 3   Ducati         17
 4   Suzuki          6
 5   Blata WCM       1

Race classification GP250

Round: 2 - Estoril GP250
Circuit: Estoril
Circuit Length: 4182m
Lap Record: 1' 41.417 (Toni Elias, 2004)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 41.417 (Toni Elias, 2004)

Race: 26 Laps

Pos. Rider          Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   C. Stoner      Aprilia       AUS  45'36.009
 2   A. Dovizioso   Honda         ITA     +0.404
 3   R. de Puniet   Aprilia       FRA     +0.431
 4   D. Pedrosa     Honda         ESP     +2.009
 5   A. de Angelis  Aprilia       SMR     +2.204
 6   H. Aoyama      Honda         JPN    +17.855
 7   Y. Takahashi   Honda         JPN    +17.914
 8   S. Guintoli    Aprilia       FRA    +23.810
 9   S. Porto       Aprilia       ARG    +26.407
10   J. Lorenzo     Honda         ESP    +45.921
11   H. Barbera     Honda         ESP    +51.533
12   J. Smrz        Honda         CZE    +56.920
13   A. Debon       Honda         ESP  +1' 4.103
14   M. Giansanti   Aprilia       ITA  +1' 9.512
15   M. Cardenas    Aprilia       COL  +1'18.508

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider          Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   A. de Angelis  Aprilia       SMR   1'43.484

Championship standings GP250
Pos. Rider              Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Daniel Pedrosa     Honda         ESP    38
 2   Andrea Dovizioso   Honda         ITA    33
 3   Sebastian Porto    Aprilia       ARG    27
 4   Alex de Angelis    Aprilia       SMR    27
 5   Casey Stoner       Aprilia       AUS    25
 6   Randy de Puniet    Aprilia       FRA    16
 7   Jorge Lorenzo      Honda         ESP    16
 8   Hector Barbera     Honda         ESP    16
 9   Alex Debon         Honda         ESP    11
10   Hiroshi Aoyama     Honda         JPN    10
11   Roberto Locatelli  Aprilia       ITA     9
12   Yuki Takahashi     Honda         JPN     9
13   Sylvain Guintoli   Aprilia       FRA     8
14   Mirko Giansanti    Aprilia       ITA     8
15   Simone Corsi       Aprilia       ITA     7

Manufacturers standings GP250

Pos. Manufacturer Points
 1   Honda          45
 1   Aprilia        45