Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Catalunya GP - Round 6 - MotoGP
Montmelo - Saturday June 11th 2005 - Qualifying Practice

Camel Honda duo in good shape for race

The two Camel Honda riders were unable to make the most of their obvious
potential in the qualifying practice for the Catalan GP, but over two days of
practice they have proved they have a good rhythm in race conditions. Both Alex
and Troy rode quicker with the race tyres in the morning that with the
qualifying tyres, so they expect to make an attack in the race tomorrow.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"Even though Alex didn't get the result we expected having seen the positive
results in the morning, tomorrow he starts from the third row, a position that
should allow him to get a good start and hang on to the front runners. If he
can, then for certain he will be able to fight for the podium because in these
two days he has done some good work with the team, improving the set-up of the
bike and getting a good pace under his belt. As regards Troy, I don't understand
how he slipped down the order this afternoon; I think that something didn't
work, because in the previous sessions he went well. In any case, he can ride in
a high 1'43 pace, so tomorrow he should have the chance to make a good result."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -  1'43.159 - 9th position

"My objective today was to do better than the last race in terms of qualifying,
and that was the case, although I'm not happy with the third row, I could go
better. I made a slight error, maybe two, going a bit deep into a couple of
corners, and I paid for it; I'm gutted, because the second row was there for the
taking for us. This morning we managed to get the forks working well enough and
I even rode faster than this afternoon. The bike is pretty much set-up and we
just need to clear up any doubts over tyre choice for the race. We will have a
meeting with Michelin this evening and in tomorrow morning's warm-up we will
check this area."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -  1'44.122 - 15th position

"Obviously I'm not too happy with how the qualifying session went. There's only
one this year and the final minutes are more crucial than ever. Just in that
vital last stretch of the session I was unable to improve on this morning, when
with race tyres I went quicker. It's a tough starting position for me then, and
my race will be decided by my start - so I'll give everything to claw some
positions back."