Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Chinese GP - Round 3 - MotoGP
Shanghai - Friday 29th April 2005 - Free practice

Alex and Troy go quick in the wet

The weekend of the Chinese Grand Prix got under way late for MotoGP today, due
to a technical problem for the medical helicopter, which had to be substituted
for another, meaning that the first free practice didn't get going until
12:30pm, and the second not until 4pm. However after the long and unexpected
delay, the Camel Honda team began to find the right pace; with Alex Barros going
fastest during the practice session which took place in the wet, only to be
bettered in the final few seconds by Kenny Roberts' Suzuki; and Troy Bayliss
improving considerably as he set the fourth fastest time, also in the second
free hour. The best times of the day were set during the first free however, on
the dry track, with Alex and Troy having set the seventh and tenth fastest times

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"This afternoon the track conditions were very strange, and even a little
dangerous with the track half-wet half-dry. Nevertheless we still made the most
of it to do some hard work and collect data, just in case the race takes place
in the same kind of conditions. I am happy, because Alex and Troy have proved
they have a good rhythm going here. Both the riders and the team are working
really well."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -   2'02.816 7th fastest

"The Shanghai track is very technical and very slow, practically all the corners
are first- or second-gear. There is a long straight where you reach maximum
speeds, but then there are some really hard braking areas. It's good for
overtaking manoeuvres, because the braking zone is a lot bigger, and you have
more chances to make passes. In the first practice when we worked in the dry, we
had a few problems with the front end and with the set-up in general, which I'm
sure can be improved. In the wet though, I was ready. I began the second session
with wet tyres on and rode well, then I stuck in some intermediates, but needed
to be a bit more prudent on them at first. At the end though I was able to go
quicker with them. I hope that tomorrow it is dry, because we need to make
improvements in those conditions."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -  2'03.526 10th fastest

"I think that everybody is impressed with this track, above all for the
buildings which are more like a resort than a circuit. The track is good, even
though the corners are generally quite slow. I would prefer there to be a few
faster ones, but every track has its characteristics and I like this one. In the
dry today things went quite well, but we can improve, whilst in the wet I felt
good on board the bike."