Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Gauloises Yamaha Team Test
Estoril, Portugal
Monday, 18th April 2005


Valentino Rossi and his Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards rounded off the
Portuguese stage of the MotoGP World Championship with a further day of testing
at Estoril today, following their respective second and sixth-place finishes in
yesterday's Grand Prix.

With the weather conditions slightly better than during the damp race, the team
continued to work on the set-up and development of the 2005-spec YZR-M1, testing
alongside the Fortuna Yamaha Team and riders from Suzuki, Ducati and Kawasaki.
As the tricky conditions yesterday highlighted some of the small problems that
still exist with the bike, today offered the riders the perfect chance to
understand them and work to rectify them, ahead of round three of the
Championship in Shanghai on May 1st.

Valentino Rossi

"This was a positive test and we've had some good results from our work today.
We had some problems yesterday and we managed to work through them and
understand what happened during the race. I think that we've made some steps
forward and I feel happy about what we have done here. I hope that everything we
have found out today will help us in China for the next race."

Colin Edwards

"I think I'm moving forward and I am happy with the progress we've made today.
Michelin have been working really hard and they brought some good stuff for us
to try. We definitely made the bike better today. We worked on ways to make the
bike more responsive and I definitely feel more in control. It's left me feeling
confident and looking forward to the next stage in China."

Davide Brivio - Gauloises Yamaha Team Director

"Today has helped us to understand some of the difficulties we had yesterday.
Valentino has worked on chassis set-up and the balance of the bike and also on
the electronics and mapping. Colin also did some work on mapping and looked at
ways to improve the power delivery and rideability of the bike. It's been a
positive and worthwhile test for both the riders. Now we are looking forward to
putting it all to good use in Shanghai."