Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
MotoGP docks in Catalunya for round six

The MotoGP World Championship paddock has been assembled in record time this
week as the series prepares for the second race in consecutive weekends at the
Gran Premi Gauloises de Catalunya in Barcelona. Whilst several of the trucks and
motorhomes have made their way from the Mugello circuit in Italy across firm
European soil through France to Spain, the majority of the 260 tonnes of
material required by the teams and organisers for each round of the championship
was shipped over by boat, crossing the Mediterranean sea directly from the
Italian port of Civitavecchia to Barcelona.

The teams have worked feverishly since their arrival on Tuesday afternoon to
prepare the team offices, hospitality units, pit boxes and machines in time for
this weekend's event, which gets underway with first free practice for the 125cc
class at 9am on Friday. For some of the riders, the past two days have presented
a brief chance for rest ahead of another intense weekend whilst for others, the
demands of the Grand Prix have already begun.

In particular the home favourite, Sete Gibernau, runner-up in the MotoGP World
Championship for the past two seasons, has been under the spotlight after a
crash in the last round at Mugello virtually wrecked his hopes of challenging
Valentino Rossi for the title this time around. The Spaniard was back in his
home city of Barcelona today for a charity football match with his MotoGP
team-mate Marco Melandri against a team of Spanish celebrities and refused to
admit that his championship is over.

"My aim this weekend is to show anybody who thought that this championship was
already over is wrong," said Gibernau, who lies fourth in the championship
behind Rossi, Melandri and Max Biaggi. "Barcelona is an important event for me
but at the end of the day it is like any other race in that we need to start

Gibernau's compatriot Dani Pedrosa also took part in the football match, which
involved major Spanish sports stars including Rafa Alkorta, Luis Enrique, Nani
Roma and Angel Nieto, as he prepares for his home Grand Prix in somewhat more
favourable circumstances. The reigning 250cc World Champion leads the
quarter-litre standings by 21 points from Andrea Dovizioso and is looking to
extend his advantage still further in front of a crowd expected to exceed
100,000 people - with all grandstand tickets sold out.

"To not do well in front of so many people who are there for you is difficult to
accept," said Pedrosa, who was denied victory in last season's 250cc race on the
final lap by Randy de Puniet. "I remember my victory in 2003, which was very
special, and I'm looking forward to enjoying this Grand Prix. It's more
difficult to concentrate because everybody wants to see you and be with you -
you have to contain the euphoria, imagine that you're not at home and just enjoy
the atmosphere."

On the other side of the city a group of Gibernau's MotoGP rivals were taking in
the sights of one of Barcelona's most famous landmarks, the Sagrada Familia
temple, designed by the legendary architect Antoni Gaudi. Ruben Xaus, Alex
Barros and Kenny Roberts, who all have homes in the area, all visited the
world-famous cathedral as they enjoyed a relaxing start to the weekend.

Later, the riders came together at the Circuit de Catalunya, on the northern
limits of the region's capital, as they plotted to overturn Valentino Rossi for
only the second time this season. "For sure Sete will be going for it here so I
will have to maintain my full focus throughout the weekend," predicted Rossi.
"Last year was a really hard race at the top level, and we went at a very hard
pace - Sete and I were more than ten seconds ahead of the others. He is not my
main rival in the championship at the moment because Melandri and Biaggi are
closer but he will be very dangerous at his home circuit. Whoever is at the
front, I hope I can be there and provide another great show."

Joining Rossi in the Yamaha camp this weekend is Toni Elias, who is planning to
ride just over three weeks after breaking his wrist and fracturing his leg in a
testing crash at Le Mans. Elias was given the green light by Dr Xavier Mir, who
operated on the injuries at the Dexeus Clinic in Barcelona. Meanwhile, Olivier
Jacque has been confirmed by Kawasaki as a full-time test rider for the rest of
this season after his impressive performances as a substitute for Alex Hofmann
at Shanghai and Le Mans. Jacque is also scheduled to race at Sachsenring and
Valencia as a wildcard entry later in the year.

One local rider who will not race this weekend is 125cc youngster Julian
Miralles, who is recovering from a broken leg sustained in the last round at
Mugello. Hector Faubel and Mika Kallio, who both crashed out after fighting for
the lead in the final corner of the race in Italy, are expected to ride as
Kallio aims to recover his championship lead from Thomas Luthi.

INFO 2005/71. 9-06-2005