Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Rossi takes fourth pole of the season at Assen

Round: 7 - Assen TT
Circuit: Assen
Date: 24 June 2005
Temp: 36ēC
Weather: Hot and Sunny

Gauloises Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi will start the seventh round of the
MotoGP World Championship from the front of the grid as he chases his sixth
victory of the season at the 75th anniversary Dutch TT tomorrow. Rossi took pole
position with his final lap of this afternoon's qualifying session, clocking a
time of 1'58.936 to hold off the challenge of Sete Gibernau (Honda) and Marco
Melandri (Honda), who complete the front row.

Rossi's Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards kept his promise to set a
vastly improved lap time as he worked out his braking markers at the re-modelled
circuit, which he knows well from his days in the World Superbike series.
Cheered on by a vast army of travelling British fans, Edwards will start from
the second row of the grid after taking 1.5 seconds off his best time from
yesterday to take sixth place on the grid.

Ruben Xaus and David Checa will start from 16th and 17th places respectively on
their Fortuna Yamaha Team YZR-M1s. In a difficult qualifying session both riders
focused their efforts on finding a good race pace and are confident with the
overall result.

High temperatures and blazing sunshine continued today, with the thermometers
reaching 36ēC during the afternoon session. However, the local weather forecast
is predicting that the early summer heat wave will end abruptly tomorrow
morning, with thunderstorms expected to continue throughout the day.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 1st, 1'58.936

"I am very happy because it is great to ride at this track on a qualifying
tyre - the emotion is incredible. The bikes are so fast and this track also,
even with the modifications it is still one of the best in the world. I was
lucky because I was able to use both of my qualifying tyres at 100%. With the
first one I set a 1'59.4, which was a great lap, but I looked at it and thought
maybe I could go a little faster. I had to wait a while because there were a lot
of riders waiting for me on the last lap and I left it until the last moment,
because it's better to have no one in front of you here when you are trying to
set a fast lap. The last lap of 1'58 was fantastic. I'm happy to start from pole
position because tomorrow for sure will be a hard race. We'll wait to see what
the weather does but if the temperatures are like today it will be very tough
for the riders and the tyres."

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 6th, 2'00.006

"I knew yesterday that we had some good ideas to help us improve our time today
and I think it's fair to say we've taken a giant leap forward with the set-up of
the bike. This morning we fixed the rear traction problems I've been having and
we're starting to understand the differences between Valentino's riding style
and mine. Whilst it seems Valentino can ride pretty much anything, my style is
ingrained in me and I need a little help to load up the rear, which is what we
have done here. It is helping me get the power to the ground and today I set six
or seven laps in the low 2'00s, which is a decent race pace. I still feel that
it can come down a little further, and it will need to for tomorrow's race.

I've really noticed the support from the British fans here, which has been
great. Hopefully it will stay dry for them tomorrow although if it rains I'll be
quite happy because I'm interested to see how this set-up works in the wet."

Davide Brivio, Gauloises Yamaha Team Director

"It is always a great emotion to watch Valentino ride in that way - his two fast
laps were fantastic. Both our riders set a fast pace throughout the session and
Colin was able to get a good position for the race, which I am very pleased
about. I think the whole team can look forward very positively to tomorrow. The
rain might be an issue but I'm sure our technicians will manage. and the riders

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 16th, 2'01.854

"Yesterday we started well and managed to put in some good times, but today I
could only manage a quick time in the morning session. But when it really
mattered it was hard for us to improve. Obviously we will make big changes
tonight for the morning warm-up, because when we made small modifications we've
only found small advantages. I already know which tyre I will use in the race
but depending of tomorrow's temperature I want to make a final decision."

David Checa (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 17th, 2'02.639

"Assen is very difficult. I know that with my race tyre I'm riding two seconds
slower than the other riders. With my qualifying tyre I could not get
comfortable enough to improve by much. I had some small problems with front-end
and because of that I didn't feel confident to push too hard. The important
thing is the race; I'm not worried too much because I'm progressing in a field
of very experienced riders. We will see what tomorrow will bring and I'll do my

Round: 7 - Assen TT

Circuit: Assen
Circuit Length: 5997m
Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 58.936 (Valentino Rossi, 2005)
Date: 24 June 2005
Temp: 36ēC

Session 1 :

Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat.  1st Qualifying
 1  V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA   1'58.936
 2  S. Gibernau   Honda         ESP   1'59.247
 3  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA   1'59.632
 4  S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN   1'59.760
 5  N. Hayden     Honda         USA   1'59.784
 6  C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA   2' 0.006
 7  L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA   2' 0.136
 8  A. Barros     Honda         BRA   2' 0.232
 9  M. Biaggi     Honda         ITA   2' 0.281
10  A. Hofman     Kawasaki      GER   2' 0.298
11  M. Tamada     Honda         JPN   2' 0.656
12  J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA   2' 0.810
13  C. Checa      Ducati        ESP   2' 0.883
14  T. Bayliss    Honda         AUS   2' 1.216
15  K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA   2' 1.836
16  R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP   2' 1.854
17  D. Checa      Yamaha        ESP   2' 2.639