Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
German GP - Round 10 - MotoGP
Donington - Sunday 31st July 2005 - Race

Alex fifth in challenging German GP

Alex Barros had a good race today, battling in every corner until the final lap.
In the end he was left out of the scrap for podium positions after losing some
rear grip, sliding out of the turns. Alex, who brought his yellow Honda home in
fifth place, nevertheless managed to collect vital points for the overall
standings, which sees six riders within fifteen points. Troy Bayliss crashed on
the sixth lap of the race, just as he was beginning to recover positions.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"I'm so sorry about Troy's crash because despite the problems he had in
yesterday's qualifying, he had a good rhythm and even in the warm-up this
morning felt the bike was well set-up. In the last three races he has shown that
he can still do it, but he has had a lot of misfortune. As regards Alex, he had
a race up at the front, and rode determinedly, but in the end he had a few
problems with grip on the rear and he lost contact with the group which battled
for victory. Anyway, he is riding well, he works in harmony with the squad and
with the Michelin technicians and soon he will be able to pick up some more top

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -  5th

"I'm a little bit disappointed with fifth place, obviously, but I feel I did
everything I could, getting a pretty good start amongst the front group and
pushing without a moment's respite to try and get in front. What I am unhappy
with is that eight laps from the end I began to lose rear grip and whatever I
tried, including changing the power delivery to save on the tyres, not only was
I unable to get amongst the battle for the podium, but I lost the duel with Max
as I tried to control the bike which was sliding so much out of the bends. I
didn't' give up though, and I tried to hang in there, but I couldn't do
anything. Anyway, I'm fifteen points off second position in the championship now
and there are still seven races remaining after the summer break."

Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda -  crash

"Damn! When things are going wrong there's not too much to say except I'm sorry,
because the weekend hadn't been going at all bad until qualifying. We were able
to sort out the situation though because in the warm-up I felt good with the
bike and the tyres and so I was confident for the race. Then I got caught up in
the confusion at the first corner where several riders crashed out and I went
really wide, almost stopping. I put my head down and tried to recover, and got
good draught off Tamada but as I tried to pass him I went into the corner a bit
too hard."