Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
USA GP - Round 8 - MotoGP
Laguna Seca - Saturday 9th July 2005 - Third Free Practice

The Camel Honda is the best team at Laguna Seca in the qualifying

The positive first half of the weekend was rounded off in fine style by the
striking yellow Camel Honda bikes at Laguna Seca today. Alex Barros will start
the race from the front row with the third fastest time, with his team-mate Troy
Bayliss, who has been fast throughout these first two days, just behind in
fourth on the second row of the grid. Both riders are in with a good chance at
the Californian track with a record crowd assured. They will make final tyre
choices and any last-minute fine-tuning tomorrow morning, before the 32 tough
laps of racing around the Laguna Seca hills.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"I'm pleased with how things went today, the whole squad worked well and both
Troy and Alex have been amongst the top four throughout, and always at the top
level. This means that tomorrow they will have the chance to start well and
fighting for the podium. Alex  has worked very well on set-up and has found a
fast and consistent rhythm, which allowed him to grab a front row starting
position. As for Troy I'm so happy for him, he has made a huge step forward, and
has got a fourth place in the qualifying that rewards the good job him and the
team made here".

Alex Barros -  Honda Pons -   1'23.312 - 3rd  fastest

"Things went well today, the grip was much better, and we were able to put in a
very good work on the set-up. It's just a shame that in the of the qualifying
session I found some traffic on the track when I was going for my fastest laps.
During my last lap I found Melandri, Hopkins and Roberts, three slower riders in
front of me. I do not say I could do the pole, Hayden made a brilliant job today
and he is the man to beat for the tomorrow race, but I would like to make a 1'22
something. Anyway, I'm very happy also to see Troy just so close, it's good for
the whole team".

Troy Bayliss - Honda Pons -   1'23.358 - 4th  fastest

"So far it has been a good week-end, we've always been close to the top during
the whole week-end. We just had a little problem something went wrong with the
rear brake this afternoon, maybe due to the this morning crash I do not know,
anyway nothing to do with the manufacturer, just a normal little problem that
can happens. It caused a little bit of stress but after we  going well again.
When I made a flat 1'24 with my first soft tyre I said to myself "Well Troy you
have to do better with the next one" . So I did, I pushed very hard and 1'23.3
is not so bad. Alex is just in front of me and this is good for the team, but
I'm just there and that's make me feeling good for the tomorrow race".