Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
USA GP - Round 8 - MotoGP
Laguna Seca - Sunday 10th July 2005 - Race

Unlucky race for Alex, Troy beats Tamada to sixth

The race was over practically before it even began for Alex Barros, a blameless
victim of an Marco Melandri's involuntary error, who lost control of his Honda
entering the tight corner which brought the riders into the start-finish
straight as they finished off the second lap in the US Grand Prix. The Brazilian
rider, understandably disappointed, was taken to the Mobile Clinic for an
abrasion to his left thigh, and immediately took off for home. Troy Bayliss
finished in sixth place after a great duel with Makoto Tamada.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"We have been incredibly unlucky in this race, because Alex was caught up in an
incident he had nothing to do with, and he didn't even get the chance to make
the most of the competitive edge and pacy rhythm he demonstrated in practice and
above all during this morning's warm-up. Having seen his pace in the race he
would almost certainly have been able to fight for victory. Troy got away well,
but obviously he had a few difficulties because he was never able to ride as
hard as in practice."

Alex Barros -  Camel Honda -  crash

"We were just in the early stages of the race when Melandri bumped into me and
made me crash. We were just at the end of the second lap, and I even left space
for him to get into the corner, but he hit me anyway. It's not something to do
after just one lap of the race. It's a shame, I'm so disappointed, because this
was a race that I felt I could win."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -   6th place

"Sixth isn't what I want, or what I expected here at Laguna. In the race I was
just unable to find the kind of feeling I had in practice, I didn't have the
confidence on the front and hardly any grip at the back. I picked up some good
points and I gained a place a position in the championship standings, but today
I wanted more."

Classification - United States GP

 1. Hayden (USA-Honda)    45'15.374
 2. Edwards (USA-Yamaha)    a 1.941
 3. Rossi (Ita-Yamaha)      a 2.312
 4. Biaggi (Ita-Honda)      a 4.216
 5. Gibernau (Spa-Honda)    a 4.478
 6. Bayliss (Aus-Honda)    a 22.381
 7. Tamada (Jap-Honda)     a 22.493
 8. Hopkins (USA-Suzuki)   a 23.148
 9. Nakano (Jap-Kawasaki)  a 23.625
10. Capirossi (Ita-Ducati) a 26.123


 1. Rossi     186
 2. Melandri  107
 3. Biaggi    100
 4. Gibernau   95
 5. Edwards    93
 6. Hayden     85
 7. Barros     74
 8. Capirossi  55
 9. Nakano     55
10. Bayliss    47


 1. Yamaha   190
 2. Honda    166
 3. Kawasaki  75
 4. Ducati    64
 5. Suzuki    35