Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Gauloises Yamaha Team Test
Le Mans, France
Monday, 16th May 2005


Following their double podium in the French Grand Prix yesterday, Gauloises
Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards rounded off their
successful weekend with a one-day test at the Le Mans circuit today. Despite
threatening-looking dark clouds hanging overhead for most of the day, the rain
stayed away and the team was able to do some valuable work on a dry track.
Current series-leader and yesterday's winner Rossi and his team-mate Edwards,
who took his debut MotoGP podium for Yamaha on Sunday, continued to develop
their 2005-spec YZR-M1s, testing some new engine parts from Japan and working on
engine mapping and settings as well as testing tyres for Michelin.

Almost the entire MotoGP line-up stayed on to test today, as well as some 250cc
teams. The fastest lap of the day was in a time of 1'33.70, set by Honda rider
Marco Melandri, who finished fourth yesterday. Carlos Checa (Ducati) was second
fastest with a lap of 1'33.78 and Rossi was third with a best lap of 1'33.97
after 54 laps. Yesterday's runner-up Sete Gibernau (Honda) was fourth with a
time of 1'34.07 and Edwards, who completed 52 laps, was fifth with a best time
of 1'34.10.

The team will now enjoy a well-deserved two week break, before reconvening in
Mugello in just over two week's time for the Italian Grand Prix, round five of
the MotoGP World Championship.

VALENTINO ROSSI - 1'33.97, 54 laps

"I think today's test was okay and quite useful. We tried some new parts for the
engine to give us some more power and although the difference is not big, I
think it is good. We worked a lot on engine mapping in order to try to have
better acceleration and we made some improvements in this area, which is very
important. Of course we continued to work on the general set-up and also tested
some new tyres with Michelin, from which we found some good options to use in
Mugello. Overall we've got some positive things to take to Mugello, so it has
been a good finish to the weekend."

COLIN EDWARDS - 5th, 1'34.10, 52 laps

"Today we've made more steps forward in the right direction. We've been playing
with the suspension and continuing to experiment with the mapping to try to find
ways to make the bike easier to ride and more forgiving. It's definitely getting
better. We tested some tyres and found a new front that we're happy with. We
spent a lot of time on the settings, going over what we learned during the
weekend so that we can hopefully just fire away when we go to Mugello. I'm 100%
positive that we've found a good setting to enable us to get there and be quick
from the start."


"Of course it's hard to work for one more day after a busy weekend, but we had a
great result yesterday and we want to keep winning! Our race department work
continually to find ways to improve the bike and as soon as they have something
new they bring it to the track for us to test. We received some small engine
parts from Japan and Valentino tried them today. He liked them so we will try to
prepare them in time for Mugello. We also worked on the electronics and mapping
with both riders - an important part of MotoGP. We tried some tyres, Michelin are
constantly making developments this year so there are always new things to test!
It's a positive end to the weekend but we've got a long way to go until the end
of the season so we will keep working hard!"


 1. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP   1'33.70
 2. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team      1'33.78
 3. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team  1'33.97
 4. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP    1'34.07
 5. COLIN EDWARDS (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team    1'34.10
 6. Toni Elias (SPA) Fortuna Yamaha Team         1'34.35
 7. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team   1'34.54
 8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team         1'34.58
 9. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Camel Honda               1'34.68
10. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team     1'34.78
11. Olivier Jacque (FRA) Kawasaki Racing Team    1'34.88
12. John Hopkins (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP        1'35.01
13. Kenny Roberts (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP       1'35.32
14. Ruben Xaus (SPA) Fortuna Yamaha Team         1'35.39