Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
MotoGP paddock dries out at Sachsenring

Five days after packing up in the torrential rain of Donington Park, the MotoGP
World Championship paddock unfolded at the Sachsenring circuit beneath clear
blue skies today as warm sunshine greeted the world's premier motorcycle racing
series to Germany. The Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland this weekend
represents the tenth round of the 2005 season and the final event before a
month-long summer break before the action resumes in the Czech Republic on 28th

The rest could not come at a better time for reigning World Champion Valentino
Rossi, who makes his 150th Grand Prix appearance this weekend and defends a
104-point advantage over Marco Melandri in the championship standings after an
exhausting start to the season that has seen him take seven wins from nine
races. "Things have gone very well in the first half of the year but we have
some tracks coming up that I don't like - especially Sachsenring and Brno,"
admitted Rossi. "I am not so fast at Sachsenring like Donington, also last year
we had some problems with the M1, but I think we are more competitive this
season and will be able to fight for the podium."

Rossi will have an extra rival this weekend as Olivier Jacque makes his third
appearance of the season as a wildcard for Kawasaki. The Frenchman took pole
position for the MotoGP race at this circuit three seasons ago and is looking to
build on impressive performances earlier this year at Shanghai, where he
finished second to Rossi, and Le Mans. "This will only be my third Grand Prix of
the season but it's great to be back with Kawasaki, especially at a track where
I have some good memories," said Jacque. "I've been training hard and this
race is really the beginning of my programme as test rider, so I'm looking
forward to the challenge, and working with the team to further improve the
ZX-RR. It is already a very strong package and I think it will feel at home at
the Sachsenring."

Jacque will team up with regular Kawasaki riders Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann,
who has a special motivation this weekend as he rides in front of an expectant
crowd of over 100,000. "Of course you always want to do well in your home race
but the dedication the people show to MotoGP in this area deserves an extra
effort," said the German. "The sport is getting more and more popular in this
country and we have to keep it this way so I want to do my part by finishing as
high as possible in the race. With Olivier in the team it will be more crowded
in the garage but my goal is to beat him and Shinya."

Hofmann was one of several riders to take time out of their preparations today
to line-up for a MotoGP XI in a charity football tournament. The local favourite
proved to be the centre of attention at the annual event, which also featured
Ruben Xaus, John Hopkins, Carlos Checa and James Ellison Meanwhile, despite a
record number of 93 crashes in last weekend's British Grand Prix, there were no
serious injuries to report at the Clinica Mobile today, including joint 125cc
leaders Mattia Pasini and Gabor Talmacsi, who remain on top of the minor
category standings despite both tumbling out of the race.

Like his mentor in the premier-class, current 250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa
admitted he also has one eye on the summer break after mounting a 34-point lead
in the championship after the opening nine races. "After this weekend we have
three weeks of holidays so we have to try and go away with a sweet taste in our
mouths," said Pedrosa, who took his best ever wet weather result with fourth
place at Donington Park. "I had never been on the podium in Germany before last
season but I won on the 250 and I hope to have another good result here. I hope
the weather stays nice all weekend - we already had enough water in England and
even though I can't complain about how things went there I always prefer to race
in the dry."

INFO 2005/113. 28-07-2005