Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
German GP - Round 10 - MotoGP
Donington - Saturday 30th July 2005 - Qualifying

Alex on front row at Sachsenring

It's not easy to find that extra effort needed to shine at a track where today
fourteen riders were within a second of each other, with gaps between them of
thousandths of a second, not even tenths. However Alex Barros put himself
amongst the top riders in the official qualifying for the German GP and with the
third fastest time will start from the front row in the 10th round of the
series, which will take place at 12:30 local time at the Sachsenring circuit.
The race promises to be hard-fought and a real battle and it is important to
choose a tyre to suit the complex and technical nature of the tight German
track. The bikes spend a lot of time leant over in the corners and is tough on
tyres. The riders need a good feeling with the front end of the bike and that is
considered the ideal formula to win here. Alex Barros knows only too well that
in searching for the limit he has been to ground three times in two days,
however without any physical damage. Bayliss finished the session with the 16th
fastest time, but he was unable to show all his potential with the race
settings, with which he has a good pace going.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"Alex crashed twice yesterday and was first, today he crashed once more and he
is on the front row,c obviously crashing hasn't made him go any slower! Joking
aside, we need to find out why he has slid out, and improve the settings on the
front to give him more confidence in it. In any case, he has been quick
throughout the two days and he has a good rhythm going, so we hope that tomorrow
he can find the right road to victory, although without a doubt it is going to
be a tough race. As for Troy, I really don't know what happened, but today he
wasn't as comfortable as yesterday and he wasn't able to make the most of the
qualifying tyres this afternoon. He will start from towards the back, but he has
good pace on race tyres, and up to now he has shown he always seems able to get
a good start."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -   1'22.932 - 3rd fastest

"I'm quite happy, I feel good at this track and I think I've got quite a good
pace in the low 1'24s; and if that is the pace of tomorrow's race, as I believe
it will be, I think we can go well. Today's crash during qualifying was a little
strange, I lost control of the front for no real reason but besides that I'm
completely satisfied with how the bike is behaving and I'm confident for the

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -    1'23.916 - 16th fastest

"It is honestly hard for me to find the words to describe this qualifying
session, because having been in the top seven in the other practices, eighth at
the worst, I seriously hoped for more than the sixth row. Instead I had a slight
problem with the front brake, I had a different sensation there today, but I
can't honestly blame it on that. Unfortunately during the whole session I
couldn't regain the feeling I had enjoyed before. With the qualifying tyres I
only took just over a tenth off my best time with race tyres, a ridiculous
improvement. Now I'm disappointed, but I will continue to believe and will give
it my best shot."