Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Rossi takes second successive MotoGP title for Yamaha

Round: 13 - Malaysian MotoGP
Circuit: Sepang
Date: 25 September 2005
Crowd: 50000
Temp: 40ēC
Weather: Dry

Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi clinched the MotoGP World
Championship for the fifth successive season after taking second place in the
Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang today. Rossi became only the third rider in
history to win the premier-class title on five occasions, emulating the
achievements of Mick Doohan and Giacomo Agostini and adding to his championships
in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Now a seven-time World Champion, Rossi marked
the achievement by wearing a t-shirt bearing the famous number 7 worn by the
legendary Barry Sheene and launching into a riotous celebration with his fan
club, dressed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to commemorate the occasion.

The Italian secured the championship with four races to spare thanks largely to
the swift action of his mechanics, who resolved a series of tyre and set-up
problems during this morning's warm-up session and allowed him to charge from
seventh on the grid to a sensational second place behind eventual winner Loris
Capirossi (Ducati). Rossi's Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards finished in
tenth place after struggling with front set-up problems all weekend.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 2nd

"I am very happy because I gave more than 100% in the race today. We have been
in trouble all weekend and this morning I wasn't sure if I would finish on the
podium. But I got a good start and rode a clever race whilst other riders seemed
nervous and made mistakes. Little by little I moved to the front and I felt
comfortable with the bike. I passed Hayden and then swapped positions with
Capirossi a couple of times, but in the last seven laps he changed gear and I
couldn't go with him. Anyway, I am World Champion for the seventh time, which is
incredible! Last year was a bit of a surprise but this time everybody was out to
beat me. I want to thank all my mechanics, Jerry, the engineers. everybody who
works for Yamaha!"

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 10th

"We made the same mistake as we did in the first round at Jerez, but in reverse.
This morning we went to a different construction front tyre and we fixed the
problem we had, but then the balance of the bike wasn't right and we didn't have
time to sort it out. The rear was sitting way too low and started to go quite
early in the race. From then on it was a case of survival. At least we know
where we went wrong and I'm really looking forward to Qatar because I had a
great race there. I want to say congratulations to Valentino because he's done
an awesome job this year."

Jeremy Burgess - Rossi's Crew Chief

"Obviously the situation in Motegi meant that the celebrations were put off for
a week but now we can celebrate. It has been a difficult weekend for all the
teams, including ourselves, but we made a few changes in the warm-up and managed
to give Valentino a bike that we knew could run for the podium. The season
started with exactly the bike that we wanted and Yamaha has done everything we
asked for. To win nine out of thirteen races is an excellent achievement by
everybody and we have a great package. Good rider, good bike, good team. what
more could you ask for?"

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 11th

"It was a very tough race. We had problems with the front end, which did not let
me ride comfortably as I did not have the grip I wanted. It's a bit strange, as
we did not have any problems for the first two days. Now we'll have to work hard
to find a solution in the next few days. Despite everything we have worked well
this weekend and must keep heading in this direction."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 15th

"I did not feel too good yesterday and did not sleep well at all. I had a bad
start today and it took a while to find my rhythm. There are still four races
left at circuits that I like and I hope to get some good results and enjoy
myself. If I don't feel confident on the bike then it makes it difficult for me,
but I will keep on fighting."

Race classification MotoGP

Round: 13 - Malaysian MotoGP
Circuit: Sepang
Circuit Length: 5548m
Lap Record: 2' 2.993 (Nicky Hayden, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  2' 1.731 (Loris Capirossi, 2005)

Race: 21 Laps

Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA  43'27.523
 2  V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA     +1.999
 3  C. Checa      Ducati        ESP     +2.069
 4  N. Hayden     Honda         USA     +9.227
 5  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA    +15.886
 6  M. Biaggi     Honda         ITA    +16.826
 7  K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA    +17.249
 8  A. Barros     Honda         BRA    +18.221
 9  J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA    +20.125
10  C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA    +22.275
11  T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP    +29.856
12  M. Tamada     Honda         JPN    +51.672
13  R. Rolfo      Ducati        ITA  +1' 5.365
14  S. Byrne      Honda         GBR  +1'19.106
15  R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP  +1'19.356
16  F. Battaini   Blata WCM     ITA  +1'55.882

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  N. Hayden     Honda         USA   2' 2.993

Championship standings MotoGP

Pos.Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Valentino Rossi  Yamaha        ITA   281
 2  Max Biaggi       Honda         ITA   159
 3  Loris Capirossi  Ducati        ITA   142
 4  Colin Edwards    Yamaha        USA   139
 5  Marco Melandri   Honda         ITA   137
 6  Nicky Hayden     Honda         USA   134
 7  Alex Barros      Honda         BRA   122
 8  Sete Gibernau    Honda         ESP   115
 9  Carlos Checa     Ducati        ESP    88
10  Shinya Nakano    Kawasaki      JPN    69
11  Makato Tamada    Honda         JPN    68
12  Kenny Roberts    Suzuki        USA    58
13  Troy Bayliss     Honda         AUS    54
14  John Hopkins     Suzuki        USA    53
15  Toni Elias       Yamaha        ESP    43
16  Ruben Xaus       Yamaha        ESP    43

Manufacturers standings MotoGP

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Yamaha        295
 2  Honda         251
 3  Ducati        152
 4  Kawasaki       97
 5  Suzuki         85
 6  Blata WCM      10
 7  Proton KR       1
 8  Moriwaki        1

Team standings MotoGP

Pos.Team                       Points
 1  Gauloises Yamaha Team       420
 2  Repsol Honda Team           293
 3  Team Movistar Honda MotoGP  252
 4  Ducati Marlboro Team        230
 5  Honda Camel                 178
 6  Kawasaki Racing Team        116
 7  Team Suzuki MotoGP          111
 8  Fortuna Yamaha Team          90
 9  Konica Minolta Honda         80
10  D'Antin MotoGP               18
11  Blata WCM                    10
12  Team Roberts KR               1