Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Gauloises Yamaha Team Test
Brno, Czech Republic
30th August 2005


Following his ninth victory from eleven races in Sunday's Czech Republic Grand
Prix, Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi and his team-mate Colin
Edwards completed a two-day test at the Brno circuit today, preparing for the
forthcoming run of five 'flyaway' races in September and October. Both riders
worked hard over the two days on a variety of small but important set-up
changes, as well as spending time testing different Michelin tyres, finishing
the test with some encouraging lap times under their belts.

Rossi and Edwards were joined on the track by most of the rest of the MotoGP
field, as the teams all took the chance to spend some time out on track without
the pressure of a race looming over them. According to the unofficial lap times,
the fastest man over the two days was Ducati rider Loris Capirossi, third in
Sunday's race, with a time of 1'57.568. Nicky Hayden and Sete Gibernau (both
Honda) followed, with Edwards (1'58.584) and Rossi (1'58.654) setting the fourth
and fifth best times.

The Team now has a two-week break before the Japanese Grand Prix in just in
Motegi, the first of five races outside Europe in six weeks, before the MotoGP
paddock returns to Spain for the season-ending finale at Valencia in November.
Rossi can clinch the World Championship title by finishing in the top two in
Motegi, whilst Edwards will be looking for more valuable points to keep him in
the battle for second place.

COLIN EDWARDS - 1'58.584

"That was a really busy test!  We just tried a bunch of stuff with the bike,
playing around with settings, trying to get my weight right and get to the root
of the problem that we had at the weekend. Every time we've had a bad race it's
been the same issue - no traction - and today we really tried a lot of things to
get it fixed. We made some good steps forward and by the end of the test I was
able to do low '59s on a tyre that had done 24 laps. The mechanics worked
incredibly hard over this test to keep up with me and my demands, so big thanks
to them. We spent so much time working with the bike on race tyres that we
actually tested less new tyres than usual with Michelin, probably only about six,
but we got some good stuff from that too so all in all it's looking much better
for Motegi."


"Testing the day after a race is always a bit difficult, and when you have won
the race it is even harder to feel motivated! However we know that we have to
keep improving, because the championship is not over yet and anything could
happen! For this reason it's been a valuable test for us. The bike is good and
we didn't want to take any big risks with trying new parts, but we have tried a
new setting for the front forks and done some work on the engine mapping. We
have also done a lot of work with Michelin and they brought some good new tyres
here for us to test, so this is encouraging for the remaining races. I did some
good times both yesterday and today and I'm happy with the work we've done. Now
I am glad to have two weeks to relax before we go to Motegi."


"This was the last test before the end of the season, so the work we've done
here will be very important for the remaining six races. We didn't test any big
things, just some small details which are important for us. Our bike is good
right now so we didn't want to make any great changes by introducing new parts
at this point in the championship. We tested some new settings in the front
forks, as well as working on mapping and electronics, looking to improve the
power delivery and make it smoother. We also tried some tyres for Michelin. The
test also gave Colin the chance to work again on his race setting and try to
find a good way forward after the small problems he had at the weekend. It's
been very positive for both of them and they did some good times on both days,
so now we are looking forward to Motegi!"


 1. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team   1'57.568
 2. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team         1'57.602
 3. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP    1'58.441
 4. COLIN EDWARDS (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team    1'58.584
 5. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team  1'58.654
 6. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team      1'58.730
 7. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda          1'58.977
 8. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda                1'59.393
 9. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda     1'59.392
10. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda Team           1'59.399