Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
British Grand Prix
Donington Park, UK
Saturday 23rd July 2005


Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow's British Grand
Prix from the front of the MotoGP grid after clocking his fifth pole position of
the season in this afternoon's qualifying practice at Donington Park. The
Italian smashed his own pole record at the Nottinghamshire circuit by almost a
second when he clocked a time of 1'27.897 on his 27th lap of the afternoon
session. Rossi's effort put him over half a second clear of his rivals just two
minutes from the end of the session, with Sete Gibernau (Honda) reducing the gap
to 0.285 seconds on the final lap.

After setting the pace in yesterday's first free practice sessions, Rossi's
Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards was unable to continue his dominance
today, slipping to sixth place on the grid but securing a valuable second row
start. The American continued to work from the excellent base set-up he found
yesterday and put in a scorching race pace during the morning session, when he
was second fastest behind Rossi. However, a rear tyre experiment in the
afternoon did not go as Edwards had hoped and he lost a handful of positions in
the late push for times. Rossi and Gibernau will be joined on the front row of
the grid by Marco Melandri (Honda), whilst Alex Barros and Nicky Hayden (both
Honda) start immediately ahead of Edwards on row two.

VALENTINO ROSSI (1st; 1'27.897 - 30 laps)

"For sure this is a very special pole position because I live here and I am
having a lot of fun. I think for tomorrow everybody will wake up and hope for
good weather because yesterday we lost a lot of time because of the rain. Today
the situation was better, it was a few degrees warmer and when the conditions
are like this it is a great pleasure to ride at Donington Park. With the MotoGP
bike it is incredible, one of my favourite tracks, and I always go very well
here. I am happy because I was able to do a great lap - almost one second faster
than last year. The bike is quite good and the feeling is not bad, also with the
race configuration. For sure the race will be hard but we will try to fix a few
last things in the morning and I hope to do well."

COLIN EDWARDS (6th; 1'28.656 - 29 laps)

"My race pace this morning was really good - consistently around 1'29.2 and I'm
pretty happy with that. This afternoon I did a 1'29.6 on a tyre that had 24 laps
on it so we know we're in good shape for the race. I was hoping to push into the
1'27s on a soft tyre but I tested a different construction rear for seven laps
at the start of the session and it gave me a little chatter on the front end,
which damaged my confidence a little bit. It's my own fault but after that I
found it hard to push the front as much as I had done in the morning and didn't
quite get the lap time I had hoped for. Anyway, it makes no difference whether I
am on the front row or the second row - if you can get a good start you pretty
much end up in the same place by the first corner."


"It has been a very good weekend for us so far. Valentino set pole position with
a great lap and to knock nine tenths off the previous record is a very good
achievement for the whole team. Unfortunately Colin didn't get the grid position
he deserved after the way he has ridden all weekend, but his race pace is very
good and I don't think the second row will be a problem for him - it is just a
matter of getting a good start. Both our riders have a good pace and if it stays
dry as we all hope then we feel confident that both Vale and Colin will be at the


 1. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team,  1'27.897
 2. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP,    1'28.182
 3. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP,   1'28.295


 4. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda,                1'28.394
 5. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team,         1'28.415
 6. COLIN EDWARDS (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team,    1'28.656


 7. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Camel Honda,               1'28.720
 8. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda Team,           1'28.726
 9. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda      1'28.976