Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Catalunya GP - Round 6 - MotoGP
Montmelo - Friday June 10th 2005 - Free Practice

Important first day of practice for Camel Honda riders in Montmelo

Only fifty percent of the MotoGP field improved their times in the second free
practice for the Catalunya GP, due to a change in conditions - the afternoon
session was much hotter and breezier than the morning - and also because of the
process of working through various set-up options, which didn't always prove
suitable. That was the case for Alex Barros anyway, his seventh fastest time
came in the morning hour, whilst Troy Bayliss, who was twelfth in the combined
timesheets, was actually faster than his teammate in the afternoon, when he
finished eighth overall.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"We are aiming to improve the set-up of Alex's bike, especially on the front
end. In the morning he was fast straight away, but in order to try and improve
his confidence in the front, we later tried things which took us off the right
track briefly. This is only the first day though, and it's normal to try things
for progress' sake; tomorrow we will try another route. I think that Troy is
gradually getting to grips with the bike, and managing to get the most out of
its potential. Anyway, the most important day for us is tomorrow now. More
precisely it is tomorrow afternoon when we need to concentrate all our efforts
towards being fast in the qualifying session and try and get good grid position."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -  1'44.105 - 7th fastest

"The track conditions compared to the morning were quite different, but the bike
was also set up differently. We looked to improve the setting of the forks, as
well as trying a new front tyre at the same time. None of the two things worked,
so now we know for a certain which way not to go! We know that they're not
working perfectly and we definitely need to improve, so now we will look at the
data to find some answers, but I can see that lots of my colleagues; Sete,
Valentino, Max are more are less behind too, so I think we will see a general
improvement tomorrow." 

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -  1'44.430 - 12th fastest

"I'm quite happy, things are beginning to improve. To be honest, I thought that
I would have done better at Mugello, but it was really quite a tough weekend.
This whole start to the season has been complicated, but here, both in the
morning session and the afternoon I felt more comfortable on the bike,
everything finally seems to be working. I hope to be able to make more progress
tomorrow because I really want to get a good result here."