Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
UK GP - Round 9 - MotoGP
Donington - Saturday 23rd July 2005 - Qualifying

Alex Barros will start 250th career GP from fourth

The second day of practice at Donington Park saw the yellow Honda riders stand
out in the qualifying session. Alex Barros set the fourth fastest time and will
start the British GP from the second row in a special occasion for the
Brazilian: the 250th GP of his career - an all-time Grand Prix record. Troy
Bayliss was seventh quickest and from the third row on the grid he looks forward
to tomorrow's race. The Australian has begun to show some real feeling for his
Honda and the sinuous bends on the English circuit. Now everything depends upon
the weather. All the forecasts predict rain for tomorrow and the massive amount
of work put in on these two days of practice could prove useless ultimately if
the teams have to search for the all-crucial wet settings in the twenty-minute
morning warm-up.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"I'm quite satisfied, our team will undoubtedly have a chance in tomorrow's
race. Both Alex and Troy have found a set-up they like, and also have the pace
of the front-runners as well as good starting positions. The only real unknown
now is the weather because the forecasts suggests certain rain. If that's the
case we will quickly need to pick out some good wet settings in the morning
warm-up, then we'll see."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -   1'28.394 - 4th position

"I'm calm and content because I know we've done some good work this weekend,
covering all the areas we had planned to, and taking away any doubts we had
about the set-up. This morning and this afternoon too we finished off choosing
the rear tyre, and we are ready for the race. I'm a bit sorry for having made a
couple of mistakes on both my fast laps which probably lost me a couple of
tenths but it's not a big thing, I think I've got a good grid spot anyhow.
Tomorrow will be my 250th GP and it would be great if I could celebrate it
alongside my team after a good result."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -    1'28.720 - 7th position

"We've worked well and I'm reasonably optimistic about the race tomorrow, even
if we could have gone slightly better with the qualifying tyres. Nevertheless we
have lapped at a fast pace, and there are lots of riders separated by just a few
tenths. The third row isn't bad, but it's important to get a good start to tag
along with the front group, especially at this track."