Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
French GP - Round 4 - MotoGP
Le Mans - Sunday 15th May 2005 - Race

Fortune doesn't favour Camel Honda in France

It was an unlucky Le Mans for Alex Barros who lost control of the rear end of
his RC211V on the thirteenth lap, and crashed out, hitting his back hard. The
brazilian rider was given the all-clear though by Dr. Costa in the mobile
clinic, with just severe bruising. Tomorrow he will stay in France for tests
alongside his team-mate, and will decide whether he is fit enough to ride in the
morning. There will be no problems however for the Mugello race in three weeks
time. Troy Bayliss finished in tenth place, after a nice battle with home hero
Olivier Jacque and tomorrow will be able to use the whole day to work with his
team on the set up of his Honda.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"It's a real shame that Alex couldn't get the result we all expected. He didn't
have good grid position, and then had more misfortune with his crash. It was
clear he wasn't comfortable on the bike, because he didn't have the front
group's rhythm, even though he gave it his all. I think he could have pushed
into the top six and that would have been okay for the championship. The most
important thing is that he is well though. The next race is the Mugello GP, on a
track he likes and where we already won together so he will try to fight for the
victory again. Troy did well to finish the race, and that will give him
confidence after two crashes. Tomorrow we will stay he with him to try and get
the bike better for him and I'm sure that he will find the right setting so that
he can show the best of his potential."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -  crashed

"I'm really disappointed, I certainly didn't expect today to go like this. I was
pushing a bit because I was trying to catch up Max and Melandri, but it was hard
work. I was giving everything and I lost the back end. I couldn't control it and
I got a big smack, but it was okay because it was a hard fall and could have
been worse. It's a shame because I take no points away from here, but now the
world championship is the last thing on my mind. I want to recover and think
about the next race, and getting back to winning ways. I like Mugello, I've won
there before, so my objective is the same again."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -  10th place

"I'm happy to have finished the race, to have had a good battle with Olivier
Jacque and to have beaten him. Of course, there is still ground to be made up,
because I'm still not comfortable on the bike, not as I need to be to ride at
the limit anyway. I did my fastest lap on the last one, so there is obviously
room for improvement as regards set-up. So I'm happy to stay behind to test
tomorrow, I want to try and get the most possible out of the session."