Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Italian Grand Prix
Mugello Circuit, Italy
Sunday 5th June


Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi produced one of the best
performances of his career today as he outwitted a trio of Italian compatriots
to take a stunning home victory at Mugello. The World Champion was passed by a
handful of riders from pole position but fought his way aggressively through the
pack to lead the way at the end of the first lap. Chased by Marco Melandri, Sete
Gibernau and Max Biaggi (all Honda) in the opening stages, Rossi set an electric
pace but was unable to shake off his pursuers and was passed by Melandri on the
eleventh lap as he began to struggle with front-end problems.

By that time Gibernau had already crashed out of the race and it was left to
Loris Capirossi (Ducati) to join in the combat and provide a home crowd of over
88,000 with a thrilling all-Italian battle. Biaggi grabbed the lead on the
seventeenth lap but was stalked all the way by Rossi, who planned his move to
perfection and passed his rival with just three laps remaining, opening up a
crucial advantage that saw him take the chequered flag by 0.359 seconds. The
fight for the final podium position raged behind them, with Capirossi clinching
third place after holding off an attack from Melandri in the last corner.

Whilst Rossi's win extends his championship lead to 49 points, his Gauloises
Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards continued to struggle with the set-up of his
YZR-M1 machine today and could only manage ninth place. However, the American
will look to bounce back as the season continues at the Catalunya Grand Prix in
Barcelona next weekend.

VALENTINO ROSSI - (Winner; 42'42.994)

"That was an incredible race and the best possible finish for the crowd, with
four Italian riders in the top four positions. It was a great battle - full of
passes and full of attacks. In the beginning I tried to go alone but I had some
problems with the front and decided just to concentrate on my rhythm. Then
Melandri arrived and we had a great fight, also with Biaggi after that. We set a
high pace to the finish, I made my attack with three laps to go and it worked so
of course I am very happy. My team once again did a great job and everybody at
Yamaha has worked so hard to provide me with the bike I wanted - this is our
reward. I want to thank them and also the amazing crowd here at Mugello; it was
an honour to race in front of them."

COLIN EDWARDS (9th; + 25.485)

"It's hard to know what to say after a weekend like this because I'm as
mystified as anyone else. We made a great start to the weekend on Friday morning
but didn't seem to move on from there. Every refinement we made to the bike
seemed to leave us in exactly the same position.  Today my start was not good
and I was way back at the first split. I passed about four people on the first
lap but from then on it was an uphill battle. We made a lot of progress with the
base set-up at Le Mans but we've struggled to get it working at this track -
hopefully we can be back where we need to be in Barcelona."


"Another 25 points and another win! Of course, being an Italian team this is
more special for us and to see all the fans from up on the podium was
incredible. To win four of the first five races is a lot and, as Valentino said,
it is a sign of the great job we are doing. Gibernau and Biaggi have both been
in good shape to win races but they haven't been able to and we are proving very
hard to beat. But there are twelve races left and we have to keep our
concentration.  Colin has had a difficult weekend but we will aim to get him
back on the right path for Catalunya to find again the level of result he
achieved in Le Mans."


 1. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team  42'42.994
 2. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda Team              +0.359
 3. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team      +3.874
 4. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP      +3.979
 5. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team         +7.898
 6. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team            +8.204
 7. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda                  +11.572
 8. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda       +25.394
 9. COLIN EDWARDS (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team      +25.485
10. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team       +36.549


 2. Marco Melandri (ITA)    71
 3. Max Biaggi (ITA)        67
 4. Sete Gibernau (SPA)     53
 5. Alex Barros (BRA)       52
 6. COLIN EDWARDS (USA)     48
 7. Loris Capirossi (ITA)   39
 8. Nicky Hayden (USA)      36
 9. Shinya Nakano (JPN)     33
10. Carlos Checa (SPA)      28