Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Italian GP - Round 5 - MotoGP
Mugello - Saturday 4th June 2005 - Qualifying practice

Alex unable to maximise soft tyres but has a good pace

After having set the second fastest time in the third free practice session and
having shown a good rhythm in the qualifier, Alex Barros slipped to thirteenth
place on the starting grid, unable to make the most out his qualifying tyres.
The Brazilian will have to push to the limit as soon as the red light goes out
for tomorrow's race, to make the most of the good race set-up he has made this
weekend. For Troy Bayliss it has been a difficult weekend, where he has been
unable to find a satisfactory setting. In tomorrow's warm-up he will try some
more modifications to try and get the kind of results shown in the test two
weeks ago.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"After the weekend's performance so far, I never expected this kind of position
for Alex today. With the race set-up he was able to be amongst the top riders
and I still don't understand how he was then unable to improve with the
qualifiers in there. Just with the soft rubber you can cut a second off and he
set the same times as with the harder tyres. I hope that he gets a good start
tomorrow so he can have a good race, because he has the pace. Troy meanwhile is
in a difficult patch, because his performances don't reflect his potential. We
will continue to try and help him as much as possible, because we are sure that
once the situation is resolved we will see his true colours."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -  1'50.281 - 13th position

"With the race tyres things went quite well, we were quick and we confirmed the
choices we had made. With the soft tyres however I was unable to improve at all,
but I was giving everything. It's now a problem for the race because the
starting position is obviously one of the most important things. Everything lies
on the first lap now. I've got the pace to keep up with the front-runners and if
I manage to stay out of the traffic, we are still in the sort of shape we can do
well in."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -  1'51.764 - 17th position

"I've tried everything, have given my all, but things haven't gone well, that's
obvious. There's clearly something missing, I just don't have the feeling with
the bike. I'm seventeenth, and I don't know if I've ever been so far back - it's
not a great feeling. All I can do is continue to try things, and so in the
warm-up we will try a few things, but it will be a difficult race."