Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Double podium joy for Yamaha at Laguna Seca

Round: 8 - Laguna Seca MotoGP
Circuit: Laguna Seca
Date: 10 July 2005
Crowd: 59000
Temp: 23ºC
Weather: Sunny

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.

Both Fortuna Yamaha riders at least scored some points. When Ruben Xaus
recovered from a bad start he settled into his normal rhythm and finished in
11th position. Toni Elias was unable to show his full potential at the famous
but physically hard track due to the pain in his injured left wrist. Still the
young Spaniard was satisfied with the three points he scored finishing his first
race in almost two months in 13th position.

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 2nd

"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 (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 3rd

"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!"

Davide Brivio, Gauloises Yamaha Team Director

"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."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 11th

Practice was unsatisfying for Rubén Xaus, who complained of being unable to show
his talent and experience at the Californian track. After the race the team
congratulated him nonetheless, "They did so because we keep picking up points. I
got a bad start and sometimes starting from the back can be a hairy. The first
corner is a bit dangerous and I tried to stay calm. After the mediocre practice
sessions I had, to start from the back doesn't do wonders for your confidence.
Anyway, the first five laps again were the problem. When I got past Rolfo
(Ducati), who was holding me up a bit, I was able to ride at my potential rhythm
of about a second slower than the leaders. The YZR-M1 reveals its secrets slowly
to me, so it's hard work, but everybody in the team remains calm. We support
each other through thick and thin. For now I'll have to be content with the
Superbike race I won here in 2003."

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 13th

"I'm satisfied. We faced a difficult weekend and at least we will take home
three points. The race was so tough. My wrist was hurting a lot after four laps.
I think the sedation we injected didn't work as it should have. It was important
to finish though, and I hung on behind Hofmann (Kawasaki). This is a legendary
track, and I'm happy to race here, which has been one of my dreams and that is
another reason to be satisfied. However we need to improve. I want to return
next year and give it all when I'm in top shape, so I can show a better result
then this year."

Race classification MotoGP

Round: 8 - Laguna Seca MotoGP
Circuit: Laguna Seca
Circuit Length: 3610m
Lap Record: 1' 23.915 (Colin Edwards, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 22.670 (Nicky Hayden, 2005)

Race: 32 Laps

Pos. Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   N. Hayden     Honda         USA  45'15.374
 2   C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA     +1.941
 3   V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA     +2.312
 4   M. Biaggi     Honda         ITA     +4.216
 5   S. Gibernau   Honda         ESP     +4.478
 6   T. Bayliss    Honda         AUS    +22.381
 7   M. Tamada     Honda         JPN    +22.493
 8   J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA    +23.148
 9   S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN    +23.625
10   L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA    +26.123
11   R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP    +43.512
12   A. Hofman     Kawasaki      GER    +50.957
13   T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP    +51.343
14   K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA  +1'13.749
15   S. Byrne      Proton KR     GBR  +1'24.256

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA   1'23.915

Championship standings MotoGP
Pos. Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Valentino Rossi  Yamaha        ITA   186
 2   Marco Melandri   Honda         ITA   107
 3   Max Biaggi       Honda         ITA   100
 4   Sete Gibernau    Honda         ESP    95
 5   Colin Edwards    Yamaha        USA    93
 6   Nicky Hayden     Honda         USA    85
 7   Alex Barros      Honda         BRA    74
 8   Loris Capirossi  Ducati        ITA    55
 9   Shinya Nakano    Kawasaki      JPN    55
10   Troy Bayliss     Honda         AUS    47
11   Carlos Checa     Ducati        ESP    40
12   Ruben Xaus       Yamaha        ESP    33
13   Makato Tamada    Honda         JPN    27
14   John Hopkins     Suzuki        USA    27
15   Olivier Jacque   Kawasaki      FRA    25
16   Toni Elias       Yamaha        ESP    18
21   David Checa      Yamaha        ESP     4

Manufacturers standings MotoGP

Pos. Manufacturer Points
 1   Yamaha        190
 2   Honda         166
 3   Kawasaki       75
 4   Ducati         64
 5   Suzuki         35
 6   Blata WCM       4
 7   Proton KR       1
 8   Moriwaki        1

Team standings MotoGP

Pos. Team                       Points
 1   Yamaha Racing Team          279
 2   Team Movistar Honda MotoGP  202
 3   Repsol Honda Team           185
 4   Honda Camel                 121
 5   Ducati Marlboro Team         95
 6   Kawasaki Racing Team         93
 7   Fortuna Yamaha Team          55
 8   Konica Minolta Honda         39
 9   Team Suzuki MotoGP           38
10   D'Antin MotoGP                7
11   Blata WCM                     4
12   Team Roberts KR               1