Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Yamaha Factory Racing Release
United States Grand Prix
Laguna Seca, USA
Sunday 10th July 2005


Yamaha Motor Company celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a double podium finish
at Laguna Seca today, as Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi took second and third
place respectively in the United States Grand Prix. Both riders played a
starring role in the eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship and enjoyed a
thrilling battle for the final two rostrum positions that went to the last lap
of a race won by Nicky Hayden (Honda). Whilst Hayden got an electric start from
pole position, both Rossi and Edwards were baulked in their attempts to give
chase on the opening lap. Having started from second on the grid, Rossi made it
back to the same position by the end of the first lap after a battle with Troy
Bayliss (Honda), whilst Edwards was forced to fight his way through the pack
after being forced back to seventh in a combative first-corner clash. With
Hayden clear at the front, Rossi rode alone in second place until he was caught
by his American team-mate on the sixteenth lap, when Edwards lined up an
inch-perfect pass into the famous Corkscrew corner. After briefly closing down
the gap to Hayden, Edwards suffered from tyre wear in the closing stages and was
happy to settle for a second consecutive podium finish. Third place for Rossi
extends his advantage at the top of the championship to 79 points over Marco
Melandri (Honda), who crashed out on the first lap.

COLIN EDWARDS (2nd; Race time - 45'17.315; Fastest lap - 1'23.915)

"I made another bad start and ended up with two riders making a sandwich of me
into turn one. They had my handlebars on each side and just carried me into the
corner so I thought it was going to end in a big mess. Once I got clear of the
group I got my head down and pushed as hard as I could to pass Valentino. At
that point I still had something left to try and catch Nicky but every time I
closed the gap he responded, so hats off to him. When the tyres went off I was
just hanging on to finish the race. I knew I had an advantage of around two
seconds over Valentino but on the last lap I looked at my board and it said 0.6.
I guessed it must be a mistake but I then looked over my shoulder in turn two
and he was right there! I thought "oh no, not on the last lap!" I gave
everything I had left to hold him off and came close to crashing a few times so
second place is really pleasing."

VALENTINO ROSSI (3rd; Race time - 45'17.686; Fastest lap - 1'24.207)

"I lost some time during practice trying to learn the circuit so the bike was
not at 100% today, and also our tyre choice was not perfect. Anyway, Nicky rode
very hard and it was impossible to catch him today. I knew Colin was coming but
I didn't realise how close he was and he caught me by surprise in the Corkscrew.
I lost some time there but at the end he lost some of his rhythm and I tried to
catch him. He turned around to look at me and I said: "Hello, I am here!" I
thought maybe to attack on the last lap but then I had a vision of both Yamahas
in the dirt so decided third place was okay, especially for the championship!
Anyway, I am very happy because I expected this to be the hardest race of the
season but I am the fastest European rider here and I fought with the Americans.
I have learnt a lot to try and beat them next year!"


"It has been a very good weekend for us and to have both riders together on the
podium for the third time this year is a nice way to celebrate Yamaha's 50th
Anniversary. It is great to see the yellow, white and black colours on the
podium after so many years, but most importantly we have seen Valentino extend
his advantage at the top of the championship and Colin get much closer to the
top. It has been a positive Grand Prix in every aspect for us.  We have also
enjoyed the experience of being in California, and we look forward to coming
back next year."

 1. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team      45'15.374
 2. COLIN EDWARDS (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team    +1.941
 3. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team  +2.312
 4. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda Team           +4.216
 5. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda Team      +4.478
 6. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Camel Honda              +22.381
 7. Makoto Tamada (JAP) Konica Minolta Honda    +22.493
 8. John Hopkins (USA) Red Bull Suzuki          +23.148
 9. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team    +23.625
10. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team  +26.123

 2. Marco Melandri (ITA)   107
 3. Max Biaggi (ITA)       100
 4. Sete Gibernau (SPA)     95
 5. COLIN EDWARDS (USA)     93
 6. Nicky Hayden (USA)      85
 7. Alex Barros (BRA)       74
 8. Loris Capirossi (ITA)   55
 9. Shinya Nakano (JAP)     55
10. Troy Bayliss (AUS)      47