Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Hayden celebrates birthday with second career pole at Sachsenring

Nicky Hayden celebrated his 24th birthday in fine style at the Sachsenring
circuit today, taking pole position for the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix
Deutschland with the fastest MotoGP lap in today's qualifying practice. Hayden
clocked a time of 1'22.785 to hold off the challenge of Honda colleague Sete
Gibernau by 0.101 seconds whilst Alex Barros, who crashed twice yesterday after
setting the fastest time of the day, set the third quickest lap of the session
to complete the front row. The Brazilian was denied the chance to challenge for
pole in the closing minutes as he dropped his Honda for the third time this

"Its a nice way to celebrate my birthday but tomorrow's the big one - I'll have
a slice of cake if I do well in the race!" smiled Hayden, who took his first
pole position at the Red Bull US Grand Prix three weeks ago. "It's nice to take
pole for the whole team. Laguna Seca was cool because it was my first pole but a
lot of people said it was only because it was my home track. Here the other guys
know the track much better than me so nobody can say that I didn't deserve it.
In the race I'll just try to stay up front for as long as possible and go for
it; we'll see what happens."

MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi recovered from a tricky opening
day at the German track to move up from thirteenth on yesterday's time sheets to
clinch a second row start in fourth place. Marco Melandri, who is currently
second to the reigning World Champion in the rider standings, posted a quick
final lap to gatecrash an all-Italian second row behind Rossi and ahead of Max

Colin Edwards suffered from similar set-up problems to his team-mate Rossi
yesterday but also made progress today as he moved up two places to qualify
seventh fastest. The American will be joined on the third row of the grid by
Loris Capirossi and Kenny Roberts, who provisionally held pole position for much
of the session at a circuit where he celebrated victory five seasons ago.

Roberts' Suzuki team-mate John Hopkins rode through the pain barrier today after
it was confirmed that he has a broken a metatarsal bone in his foot caused by
his crash in yesterday afternoon's second free practice session. The American
qualified tenth fastest, taking advantage of Carlos Checa's misfortune as the
Spaniard endured the most spectacular crash of the season so far.

Checa was making a challenge for pole position when he lost control at the top
of the notorious turn twelve, a fast right-hander that comes after a series of
left-hand bends. Checa was thrown into the air at high speed but miraculously
returned to his pit box within minutes to take his second bike and qualify
eleventh fastest. Hopkins and Checa are joined on the fourth row by Shinya
Nakano, the fastest of a trio of Kawasaki riders with home favourite Alex
Hofmann and wildcard Olivier Jacque just behind him in thirteenth and fourteenth

Alex de Angelis will start from the front of the 250cc grid for the first time
this season after clocking a new pole record of 1'24.618 to oust World Champion
Dani Pedrosa from top spot by just 0.096 seconds. Jorge Lorenzo and Sebastian
Porto complete the front row for the ninth round of the quarter-litre campaign,
which sees Pedrosa leading Casey Stoner by 34 points. Stoner qualified seventh
fastest today and will line up on the second row of the grid behind Japanese
pair Hiroshi Aoyama and Yuki Takahashi and ahead of Randy de Puniet.

Mika Kallio continued his incredible run of pole positions in the 125cc class,
racking up his fifth in succession and seventh of the season in a close session
this afternoon. Mattia Pasini, who jointly leads the championship with Gabor
Talmacsi on 100 points, was baulked on a fast lap by Mike di Meglio and could
only watch in frustration as Kallio clocked a final lap of 1'27.965 to secure
front spot on the starting grid. Pasini eventuallyslid to fourth place behind
Marco Simoncelli and Thomas Luthi, who both briefly held pole before Kallio's
late charge, whilst Talmacsi will start from the outside of the second row in
eighth place.

INFO 2005/116. 30-07-2005