Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Rossi signs off for summer with his eighth win of the season

Round: 10 - German MotoGP
Circuit: Sachsenring
Date: 31 July 2005
Crowd: 95000
Temp: 21ēC
Weather: Dry

Just one week after his stunning wet weather win at Donington Park in England,
reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi was back on top of the podium at
the Sachsenring circuit as he snatched victory from Sete Gibernau (Honda) on the
final lap of the German Grand Prix today. The tenth round of the 2005 campaign
and Rossi's 150th Grand Prix appearance in all was stopped after five laps when
John Hopkins (Suzuki) crashed out and left his machine strewn in the middle of
the circuit. By that time Rossi had made his way up to second place and when the
race restarted he quickly began to pile the pressure on early race leader Nicky
Hayden, taking the lead on the second lap.

One lap later Gibernau passed both Hayden and Rossi, who was then relegated back
to third place by the American on lap 13. The Italian mounted a typical late
charge, passing Hayden and closing in on Gibernau during the closing stages of
the race as he prepared an attack on the final lap. It proved unnecessary
however, as a mistake from Gibernau in turn one handed the Italian his 76th
Grand Prix victory, moving him third in the all-time Grand Prix winners list,
level with Mike Hailwood. Whilst Rossi now leads the championship standings by
120 points over Marco Melandri (Honda), his Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin
Edwards finished a difficult weekend with eighth position in the race today, and
drops to fourth overall behind Gibernau. The Texan nonetheless remains in close
contention at the top end of the championship table, where four riders are
separated by just four points.

It was a long weekend for Fortuna Yamaha Team riders Toni Elias and Ruben Xaus,
who both struggled to find a comfortable set-up, qualifying 17th and 18th
respectively. Xaus' qualifying rhythm was interrupted as he sought treatment for
an injury to his left leg, while his team-mate continues to nurse an injured
left hand sustain in a crash at Le Mans.

The early departure of seven riders in the field helped the Spanish riders up
the points board as they finished just outside the top ten.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 1st

"It's been a difficult weekend for sure. On Friday we arrived with a bad setting
for this track and had some big problems. The team and Yamaha have done a
fantastic job to recover from a bad situation and have worked step-by-step to
resolve the issues. It was a hard race throughout, in some places we were fast
and some slower, but the bike was working well after all the work we put in
yesterday. At one point I lost second place to Nicky, but luckily I was able to
take it back and then I prepared for a last lap battle with Sete. Then Sete made
a small mistake at the first braking marker, which is an easy thing to do when
you are racing at this speed, and I was able to take the lead. I don't know if I
would have won if he hadn't made the mistake, but for sure I would have tried! I
made a special flag to apologise to Mike Hailwood for matching his 76 wins in
Grand Prix, because when another rider arrives at your level, it's always
disappointing! Mike is one of the greatest riders ever, and now I am beside him
on the all-time winners podium in Grand Prix, which is a fantastic achievement!"

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 8th

"We worked as hard as we could this weekend, but looking back over some of the
decisions we've made, it seems like we should have tried something different. We
just never made that big jump in performance that Valentino made, after we both
had problems on Friday. For once my start - in fact both starts - were okay, but
unfortunately the first one was the better of the two, which was the wrong way
round! I really struggled in the race and I just couldn't hold on to the leading
group. Sections one, two and four were okay but I was losing three tenths of a
second in section three, it's only about 19 seconds through there but I really
couldn't afford to be losing that much time on nearly every lap. The good thing
going away from here is that Sete, Max, Marco and I are still all within four
points in the championship standings. I'll come back after the break and do
better in Brno."

Davide Brivio, Gauloises Yamaha Team Director

"We won a race at the end of what has been a difficult weekend, so this is
another great achievement. Now we go on holiday with an even stronger lead -
after ten races we are leading all the categories: the rider, team and
manufacturers' championships. Also Colin remains close to the top of the
championship. He is in good shape at the top of the table with all the best
riders, despite not having such a good race today. Now everyone will take a
well-deserved rest after the first half of the season, and let's hope we can
return in Brno and continue in the same way for the second half of the year."

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 12th

"I can't be happy because it was a very difficult weekend and the circuit here
really accentuated the injury problems I have had recently. We worked very hard
all weekend, though, and this morning we made a big change to the bike which was
positive but not quite effective enough. We have a good base now to work from at
Brno and I am sure I can improve there. In the end I had an injection before the
race and up until the final ten laps, when the effect wore off, I didn't feel
any pain. Of course I would have liked to have finished higher up, but the
important thing is to keep scoring points and improving from race to race. The
holidays have come just at the right time for me to recover properly from my
injury and improve my fitness levels."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 13th

"This morning we were a lot closer to the pace, but in the race we started a
long way down because of our qualifying time. I was lucky not to get caught up
in the crash on the first lap which saw Troy Bayliss (Honda) forced out. After
the restart I rode the bike well and believe I learned quite a lot about the
concept of how you need to ride a Yamaha. What I must do now is work on how to
set up the bike. I am going to Andorra during the holidays to prepare for Brno
and think that will be the last race of adaptation before I can really begin to

Race classification MotoGP

Round: 10 - German MotoGP
Circuit: Sachsenring
Circuit Length: 3671m
Lap Record: 1' 23.705 (Sete Gibernau, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 22.756 (Max Biaggi, 2004)

Race: 25 Laps

Pos. Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA  35' 4.434
 2   S. Gibernau   Honda         ESP     +0.685
 3   N. Hayden     Honda         USA     +0.885
 4   M. Biaggi     Honda         ITA     +2.365
 5   A. Barros     Honda         BRA     +2.855
 6   S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN     +4.557
 7   M. Melandri   Honda         ITA    +12.269
 8   C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA    +14.849
 9   L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA    +23.489
10   M. Tamada     Honda         JPN    +27.829
11   K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA    +42.099
12   T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP    +47.304
13   R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP  +1' 0.175
14   R. Rolfo      Ducati        ITA  +1' 7.714
15   F. Battaini   Blata WCM     ITA  +1 lap(s)

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   S. Gibernau   Honda         ESP   1'23.705

Championship standings MotoGP

Pos. Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Valentino Rossi  Yamaha        ITA   236
 2   Marco Melandri   Honda         ITA   116
 3   Sete Gibernau    Honda         ESP   115
 4   Colin Edwards    Yamaha        USA   114
 5   Max Biaggi       Honda         ITA   113
 6   Alex Barros      Honda         BRA   101
 7   Nicky Hayden     Honda         USA   101
 8   Loris Capirossi  Ducati        ITA    72
 9   Shinya Nakano    Kawasaki      JPN    65
10   Carlos Checa     Ducati        ESP    51
11   Troy Bayliss     Honda         AUS    47
12   Makato Tamada    Honda         JPN    42
13   Kenny Roberts    Suzuki        USA    36
14   Ruben Xaus       Yamaha        ESP    36
15   John Hopkins     Suzuki        USA    32
16   Toni Elias       Yamaha        ESP    29
21   David Checa      Yamaha        ESP     4

Manufacturers standings MotoGP

Pos. Manufacturer Points
 1   Yamaha        240
 2   Honda         202
 3   Kawasaki       93
 4   Ducati         82
 5   Suzuki         60
 6   Blata WCM       5
 7   Proton KR       1
 8   Moriwaki        1

Team standings MotoGP

Pos. Team Points
 1   Gauloises Yamaha Team       350
 2   Team Movistar Honda MotoGP  231
 3   Repsol Honda Team           214
 4   Honda Camel                 148
 5   Ducati Marlboro Team        123
 6   Kawasaki Racing Team        111
 7   Fortuna Yamaha Team          69
 8   Team Suzuki MotoGP           68
 9   Konica Minolta Honda         54
10   D'Antin MotoGP               15
11   Blata WCM                     5
12   Team Roberts KR               1