Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Italian Grand Prix
Mugello Circuit, Italy
Saturday 4th June


Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi delighted his army of fans at the
Mugello circuit in Italy today with a stunning final lap that saw him seal a new
pole position record and the front slot on the grid for tomorrow's fifth round
of the MotoGP World Championship. The reigning World Champion was in second
place behind Sete Gibernau (Honda) with just two minutes remaining but made a
last-gasp tyre change before returning to the track and clocking a time of
1'49.223 at the chequered flag.

The session did not end quite as spectacularly for his Gauloises Yamaha
team-mate Colin Edwards, who set a decent race pace throughout the session but
again struggled for rear grip when pushing for a fast time. Despite lapping less
than a second off Rossi's pole lap the American rider, who qualified second at
the last round at Le Mans before taking third in the race, will have to settle
for a place on the fourth row of the grid tomorrow as he plots another
characteristic charge through the field from twelfth place. Rossi will be joined
on the front row by Gibernau and Max Biaggi (Honda).

VALENTINO ROSSI - (Pole position - 1'49.223, 25 laps)

"It was a very difficult session but at the end very good - I'm happy. It was a
great practice and a hard battle for this important pole position. At the
beginning we started to work on the bike for tomorrow and at the end I tried
with a qualifying tyre. I was already quite fast with the first one but then I
took the second one and went a little bit faster. I saw I was in second position
and I knew I didn't have much time to stop but I came in two and a half minutes
from the end and the team did a great job to change the tyre in a short time. It
gave me the chance to use the last lap and I was able to improve a little bit and
take pole - it was a great job from the team. Tomorrow will be a hard race for
everybody. There are a lot of riders near to me so we need to set the bike to
the maximum in the morning."

COLIN EDWARDS (12th - 1'50.176, 25 laps)

"We've tried everything today but we just weren't able to squeeze the extra bit
of speed out that we needed. The temperature change from the morning to the
afternoon is incredible and the grip levels change so much that the rear was
even moving around on the qualifying tyre - we couldn't make anything stick.
It's definitely not for a lack of trying and it's frustrating to see the team
working so hard for twelfth place. We're less than a second off pole and still
on the fourth row, which is amazing really, but we'll see what we can come up
with in the warm-up and take it from there."


"I suppose you could say it was business as usual! Valentino came in at the
perfect time for the tyre change and put in another wonderful lap, which is what
we expect from him. We started the weekend with more or less the bike we wanted
after the Le Mans test and have only had to make minor adjustments, such as
changing the spring settings to cope with the extra G-force in the corners here.
It is always really useful to test after a race and the bike is getting better
and better with every Grand Prix. We enjoyed this afternoon but it's always fun
when you're winning!"


 1. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team,  1'49.223
 2. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP,    1'49.361
 3. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda Team,           1'49.458


 4. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team,         1'49.546
 5. John Hopkins (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP,        1'49.556
 6. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team,   1'49.633


 7. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP,   1'49.805
 8. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team,      1'49.811
 9. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team,     1'49.856

 12. Colin Edwards (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team,   1'50.176