Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Rossi's tenth victory secures team title for Gauloises Yamaha

Round: 14 - Qatar MotoGP
Circuit: Losail Circuit
Date: 1 October 2005
Temp: 39ēC
Weather: Dry

Just six days after lifting the MotoGP title with Valentino Rossi in Malaysia,
the Gauloises Yamaha Team were celebrating again today as Valentino Rossi's
record-breaking tenth victory of the season secured the Teams' World
Championship at the Qatar Grand Prix. Rossi became the first Yamaha rider ever
to take his win total for a single season into double figures after an
exhilarating last-lap battle with Marco Melandri (Honda), whilst his team-mate
Colin Edwards boosted the team's points tally to unbeatable status with a
determined ride to fourth place.

Rossi's 79th victory of his career came after 22 dramatic laps of the Losail
International Circuit, with Loris Capirossi (Ducati) taking an early lead from
pole position before Sete Gibernau (Honda) took over. The Spaniard had built up
a solid advantage by the halfway stage but he was eventually reeled in by the
chasing pack and made a critical error with five laps remaining, running into
the gravel when trying to repel an attack from Melandri. With Nicky Hayden
(Honda) in close attendance, Rossi closed in on Melandri and the two Italians
went head to head in a gripping finale, Rossi taking the lead with three laps
remaining and holding off one last attempt from Melandri just two corners from
the end to secure victory. With the riders' and teams' titles now in the bag,
Yamaha needs to be just 50 points clear after Phillip Island to clinch the
Manufactures' Championship.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 1st

"What a race! For me that was the best of the season, it was so much fun. I had
bad memories from this circuit from last year so I really wanted to win and
after practice yesterday I knew it was not impossible. I had two great rivals
and all three of us showed that we were in very good shape until the end. We
gave more than 100% and had a fantastic battle from the beginning to the end. I
have to thank Yamaha and my whole team because my bike was very fast over the
final few laps, which it needed to be because Marco Melandri was very strong and
we had a great battle. He tried to pass me on the last lap but I was able to
hold on and win - my tenth of the season. I am very, very happy."

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 4th

"I felt we had the pace yesterday but we were looking for a little bit more rear
grip to take that extra step and went with a different tyre this morning. It was
the same as the other guys were using but my bike was set up around the tyre we
had yesterday and I couldn't turn the thing. It was pushing the front a lot in
the corners and I kept having to run it straight. We need to figure out why that
was and take the lesson to Phillip Island in a couple of weeks. I'm disappointed
for my team today because I was confident I could be up there fighting for the
win and in the end it just didn't happen. On the up-side, my points today
contributed to the teams' championship, so that's a good thing to take away from

Davide Brivio - Gauloises Yamaha Team director

"Today we saw a fantastic race, scored another victory and won another title so
of course we are delighted. Valentino clearly wanted to win the race after what
happened last year and he came out on top of another incredible battle, so
congratulations to him. Colin finished in fourth place, which is not what he had
hoped for, but he scored some important points and closed the gap to second in
the championship so we are happy for him. The team have worked extremely well
since Thursday, finding the right set-up for both bikes early in the weekend and
then just fine-tuning for the race. We've won the Teams' Championship today and
both riders have contributed to this, so congratulations to everybody. Both
Valentino and Colin like Phillip Island so now we all looking forward to going
to Australia in two weeks."

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 8th

"I'm not satisfied. This weekend has been good, because we got off to a good
start, but there's a moment where all the others advance more than I do. We need
to find a better set-up for the first few laps when the tank is full. When it
empties, I can start to go quicker and catch up those ahead, but then it's
already too late. Gradually I think we'll get it sorted though."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 14th

"Today I had problems with the front tyre. We chose a harder compound and even
though it wore out less, I couldn't lean the bike as much as I wanted. If I went
past the tyre's limit, the bike moved around too much. My lap times were not
improving when I was pushing hard so I decided to just bring the bike home."

Race classification MotoGP

Round: 14 - Qatar MotoGP
Circuit: Losail Circuit
Circuit Length: 5380m
Lap Record: 1' 57.903 (Nicky Hayden, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 56.917 (Loris Capirossi, 2005)

Race: 22 Laps

Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA  43' 33.759
 2  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA      +1.670
 3  N. Hayden     Honda         USA      +5.536
 4  C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA     +14.737
 5  S. Gibernau   Honda         ESP     +20.431
 6  C. Checa      Ducati        ESP     +31.432
 7  S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN     +32.983
 8  T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP     +39.888
 9  A. Barros     Honda         BRA     +41.792
10  L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA     +44.252
11  K. Roberts    Suzuki        USA     +48.745
12  R. Rolfo      Ducati        ITA   +1' 1.991
13  S. Byrne      Honda         GBR   +1' 4.805
14  R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP   +1'13.824
15  J. Ellison    Blata WCM     GBR   +2' 8.642
16  F. Battaini   Blata WCM     ITA  +1 lap(s) 
17  J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA  +1 lap(s) 

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time  
 1  N. Hayden     Honda         USA   1'57.903

Championship standings MotoGP

Pos.Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Valentino Rossi  Yamaha        ITA   306
 2  Max Biaggi       Honda         ITA   159
 3  Marco Melandri   Honda         ITA   157
 4  Colin Edwards    Yamaha        USA   152
 5  Nicky Hayden     Honda         USA   150
 6  Loris Capirossi  Ducati        ITA   148
 7  Alex Barros      Honda         BRA   129
 8  Sete Gibernau    Honda         ESP   126
 9  Carlos Checa     Ducati        ESP    98
10  Shinya Nakano    Kawasaki      JPN    78
11  Makato Tamada    Honda         JPN    68
12  Kenny Roberts    Suzuki        USA    63
13  Troy Bayliss     Honda         AUS    54
14  John Hopkins     Suzuki        USA    53
15  Toni Elias       Yamaha        ESP    51
16  Ruben Xaus       Yamaha        ESP    45

Manufacturersstandings MotoGP

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Yamaha        320
 2  Honda         271
 3  Ducati        162
 4  Kawasaki      106
 5  Suzuki         90
 6  Blata WCM      11
 7  Proton KR       1
 8  Moriwaki        1

Team standings MotoGP

Pos.Team                       Points
 1  Gauloises Yamaha Team       458
 2  Repsol Honda Team           309
 3  Team Movistar Honda MotoGP  283
 4  Ducati Marlboro Team        246
 5  Honda Camel                 188
 6  Kawasaki Racing Team        125
 7  Team Suzuki MotoGP          116
 8  Fortuna Yamaha Team         100
 9  Konica Minolta Honda         80
10  D'Antin MotoGP               22
11  Blata WCM                    11
12  Team Roberts KR               1