Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Rossi takes fifth pole of the season at 'home' circuit

Round: 9 - British MotoGP
Circuit: Donington
Date: 23 July 2005
Temp: 22ēC
Weather: Dry

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 (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 1st, 1'27.897

"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 (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 6th, 1'28.656

"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."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 14th, 1'29.890

"The other blue team are flying, so we know we have a good bike. Over the last
15 years I have always ridden with an aggressive style and that's not the way
this bike likes to be ridden. You must open the throttle gently to get the most
out of it, which I'm still learning to do. The crash this afternoon was a shame
and kept me out of the top 10 but I'll keep working hard for tomorrow."

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 17th, 1'30.342

"My hand is still hurting me so much. I hope the pain will get less as the
championship progresses. I had an injection this afternoon but even so I could
feel the pain. Partly this has been the problem and partly some small technical
problems, which I hope will be solved before tomorrow."
Round: 9 - British MotoGP

Circuit: Donington
Circuit Length: 4023m
Lap Record: 1' 29.973 (Colin Edwards, 2004)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 28.720 (Valentino Rossi, 2005)
Date: 23 July 2005
Temp: 22ēC

Session 1 :

Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat.  1st Qualifying
 1  V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA   1'27.897
 2  S. Gibernau   Honda         ESP   1'28.182
 3  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA   1'28.295
 4  A. Barros     Honda         BRA   1'28.394
 5  N. Hayden     Honda         USA   1'28.415
 6  C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA   1'28.656
 7  T. Bayliss    Honda         AUS   1'28.720
 8  M. Biaggi     Honda         ITA   1'28.726
 9  M. Tamada     Honda         JPN   1'28.976
10  J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA   1'29.231
11  L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA   1'29.731
12  S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN   1'29.742
13  D. Checa      Yamaha        ESP   1'29.816
14  R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP   1'29.890
15  A. Hofman     Kawasaki      GER   1'30.151
16  K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA   1'30.260
17  T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP   1'30.342