Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Rossi splashes to seventh win from nine at Donington

Round: 9 - British MotoGP
Circuit: Donington
Date: 24 July 2005
Crowd: 118000
Temp: 15ēC
Weather: Wet

Gauloises Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi extended his advantage at the top of the
MotoGP World Championship to 104 points, with his seventh victory from nine
races this season in the British Grand Prix today. The Italian splashed his way
through several centimetres of standing water and lashings of torrential rain to
clinch his fourth MotoGP win at Donington Park after a treacherous race that saw
no fewer than eleven riders crash.

Rossi didn't get the best of starts as he dropped from pole position to seventh
but fought his way back to the front by the fourth lap. A slight mistake at the
midway point saw him lose ground on the lead group but two fast laps brought him
back into contention. Another burst from the Italian seven laps from the end
shaved over 2 seconds from the fastest lap of the race up to that point and left
Kenny Roberts (Suzuki) and Alex Barros (Honda) trailing in his wake. Rossi's
Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards joined in the battle for a top three
finish but settled with fourth place at the end of the intense race, another
solid points haul moving him up to third in the championship, just one point
behind Marco Melandri (Honda), who crashed out of the race.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 1st

"That was one of the most difficult races of my career - the conditions were
incredible. It was very, very cold and the track was very slippery. At the
beginning I was lucky because I made a mistake on the start and spun the tyre
but after that I came back fast to the front. Biaggi crashed in front of me,
then Gibernau. there were a lot of people making mistakes, also me, so I
preferred to wait. Alex had a good rhythm so I stayed behind him but I made a
mistake at the chicane when I was fighting with Kenny and locked the brakes.
Today was not like riding a bike, it was like riding a boat because there was a
lot of water between the wheels and the track - always spinning the rear and
locking the front. I tried to understand the points where I could push more and
said to myself: 'Now I try and we see what happens!' I was able to go a lot
faster and keep the advantage. It was a great job by the team because the bike
worked well even though we only had 20 minutes this morning to find the wet
weather set-up. Yesterday when I looked at my best lap time I thought it was
like a symphony of violins - perfect, so I decided that if I won I would do this
celebration across the finish line!"

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 4th

"After the warm-up I was a bit down because it wasn't great. We made some
changes to the spring settings but we weren't really sure whether it was the
right option. Anyway, I got out on the warm-up lap and the balance of the bike
was awesome. The race was basically a case of survival. My start wasn't as good
as it might have looked and the pace felt really slow to start with, but then it
picked up and it was a pretty eventful first few laps. Then the front locked
when I was braking in a straight line and I almost ended up in the dirt! I
caught up very quickly but about 12 laps from the end I had another scary moment
and the bike spat me up out of my seat, so I thought about the situation and
decided to wait and see what happened in front of me. Towards the end I was
keeping an eye on Checa behind me because he was quite close. The points are
really important; it's great to have moved into third place and to be so close
to Melandri. It wasn't the result we wanted, but I'm really pleased with what
we've achieved this weekend."

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 9th

"Although I did not get a good start, and Hopkins hit me from behind, I felt
comfortable and was able to pass a few riders in the opening stages. But I soon
saw there was hardly any grip and the bike kept skidding at the front leaving me
aquaplaning all the time. After a few scares I tried to follow Checa and
Capirossi and just get a finish - that was the most important thing, to score
more points. My injury responded well to the conditions and now I am looking
forward to Germany as I am getting better all the time."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team), DNF

"It was a shame because I was lapping with the top ten riders. I lost a good
opportunity but I could see hardly anything out on the track. It was a very
difficult race because of the conditions, but we will keep working as we have
done up to now."

Race classification MotoGP

Round: 9 - British MotoGP
Circuit: Donington
Circuit Length: 4023m
Lap Record: 1' 29.973 (Colin Edwards, 2004)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 27.897 (Valentino Rossi, 2005)

Race: 29 Laps

Pos. Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA  52'58.675
 2   K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA     +3.169
 3   A. Barros     Honda         BRA     +4.006
 4   C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA    +10.292
 5   C. Checa      Ducati        ESP    +13.020
 6   L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA    +23.321
 7   M. Tamada     Honda         JPN    +37.833
 8   A. Hofman     Kawasaki      GER    +44.617
 9   T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP  +1 lap(s)
10   R. Rolfo      Ducati        ITA  +1 lap(s)
11   J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA  +1 lap(s)

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA   1'45.377

Championship standings MotoGP

Pos. Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Valentino Rossi  Yamaha        ITA   211
 2   Marco Melandri   Honda         ITA   107
 3   Colin Edwards    Yamaha        USA   106
 4   Max Biaggi       Honda         ITA   100
 5   Sete Gibernau    Honda         ESP    95
 6   Alex Barros      Honda         BRA    90
 7   Nicky Hayden     Honda         USA    85
 8   Loris Capirossi  Ducati        ITA    65
 9   Shinya Nakano    Kawasaki      JPN    55
10   Carlos Checa     Ducati        ESP    51
11   Troy Bayliss     Honda         AUS    47
12   Makato Tamada    Honda         JPN    36
13   Ruben Xaus       Yamaha        ESP    33
14   John Hopkins     Suzuki        USA    32
15   Kenny Roberts    Suzuki        USA    31
17   Toni Elias       Yamaha        ESP    25
21   David Checa      Yamaha        ESP     4

Manufacturers standings MotoGP

Pos. Manufacturer Points
 1   Yamaha        215
 2   Honda         182
 3   Kawasaki       83
 4   Ducati         75
 5   Suzuki         55
 6   Blata WCM       4
 7   Proton KR       1
 7   Moriwaki        1

Team standings MotoGP

Pos. Team                       Points
 1   Gauloises Yamaha Team       317
 2   Team Movistar Honda MotoGP  202
 3   Repsol Honda Team           185
 4   Honda Camel                 137
 5   Ducati Marlboro Team        116
 6   Kawasaki Racing Team        101
 7   Team Suzuki MotoGP           63
 8   Fortuna Yamaha Team          62
 9   Konica Minolta Honda         48
10   D'Antin MotoGP               13
11   Blata WCM                     4
12   Team Roberts KR               1