Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Rossi facing another tough title attempt in Malaysia

Round: 13 - Malaysian MotoGP
Circuit: Sepang
Date: 24 September 2005
Temp: 40ēC
Weather: Dry

Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi will launch his second attempt to
seal the 2005 MotoGP World Championship in Malaysia tomorrow from the third row
of the grid after setting the seventh fastest time in this afternoon's single
qualifying session. Rossi was the third fastest Michelin rider around the Sepang
circuit, lapping almost 0.6 seconds short of the pole position record he set
here last year as the team once again battled to overcome set-up difficulties.

Rossi's team-mate Colin Edwards also encountered unexpected obstacles today as
he struggled to overcome tyre problems, seemingly caused by the reduced levels
of grip offered by the circuit in comparison to past years. The American will
start from the fourth row of the grid in tenth place. Loris Capirossi (Ducati)
will start from pole position for the second successive race and is joined on
the front row by Sete Gibernau (Honda) and John Hopkins (Suzuki).

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 7th - 2'02.412

"We are having difficulties again. Personally it is a worse situation for me
because I expected to have some problems at Motegi, but not here. Usually the
bike flies here, both last year's model and the 2005 version! We have had a big
meeting with the engineers and now we will try to find a way out of this. The
problem is mainly with the front. Out of twelve races this year we've probably
used the same front nine times but then the problems started at Motegi. Anyway,
it is not just an issue with the tyres. I followed Hopkins and Capirossi for a
while but it was like we were doing a different sport. They were riding really
well and I couldn't ride at all. It's now two races that Colin and I have lost
feeling with the front. The good thing is that Biaggi is also having problems so
my only rival for the title is behind me. Maybe we fight together for sixth or
seventh place!"

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 10th - 2'02.805

"For some reason the tyres aren't working well here, we just can't get any load
onto the front end to make it stick. I've probably lost the front more times
today than I have all season. We had no problems in the test here even though we
used basically the same tyre. The track temperature is very similar so the only
thing we can put it down to is the extra amount of dirt that there seems to be
on the surface this year. For whatever reason we can't break through it and
we're having a lot of difficulty getting any grip. Today the team worked so hard
and we changed pretty much every setting you could think of - higher, lower,
longer, shorter, softer, harder. but nothing seemed to make a difference. We'll
keep going and see if we can make the breakthrough tomorrow but at the moment
we're struggling."

Davide Brivio - Gauloises Yamaha Team director

"Of course it was not a brilliant day for either rider. We've tried some
different settings but we don't have a clear solution yet. However the team and
engineers will continue to work, all night if necessary, and we will see if we
can find what we are looking for. We have the warm-up to try to improve so now
we wait until tomorrow."

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 14th - 2'3.397

"In the morning we performed well and finished eighth - we have to keep working
like that and I feel more comfortable with the base setting we have now. It was
a shame we couldn't make more of the qualifying although we found a good rhythm
with the race tyres and if we make a good start tomorrow we can be with the lead
group. It will be a tough race, though, as most of the riders are going well."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 16th - 2'04.010

"Yesterday we could not make full use of the practice session because of the
weather. This morning I did not feel too comfortable with the set-up of the
bike, but we made a few changes which helped straight away and allowed me to
improve my time with every lap in the afternoon."

Round: 13 - Malaysian MotoGPL

Circuit: Sepang
Circuit Length: 5548m
Lap Record: 2' 3.253 (Valentino Rossi, 2004)
Fastest Lap Ever: 2' 1.731 (Loris Capirossi, 2005)
Date: 24 September 2005
Temp: 40ēC

Session 1 :

Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat.  1st Qualifying
 1  L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA   2' 1.731
 2  S. Gibernau   Honda         ESP   2' 1.867
 3  J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA   2' 2.017
 4  S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN   2' 2.178
 5  K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA   2' 2.215
 6  N. Hayden     Honda         USA   2' 2.377
 7  V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA   2' 2.412
 8  C. Checa      Ducati        ESP   2' 2.419
 9  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA   2' 2.660
10  C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA   2' 2.805
11  A. Barros     Honda         BRA   2' 3.013
12  M. Biaggi     Honda         ITA   2' 3.210
13  O. Jacque     Kawasaki      FRA   2' 3.364
14  T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP   2' 3.397
15  M. Tamada     Honda         JPN   2' 3.974
16  R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP   2' 4.010