Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Australian GP - Round 15 - MotoGP
Phillip Island - Saturday 15 October 2005 - Oficial Practice

Alex has good race pace, Chris rapidly improving

Alex Barros will start the Australian GP from the fourth row of the grid
tomorrow, despite having showed over two days of practice he is capable of being
much closer to the front in the race. Chris Vermeulen has impressed the team
with how quickly he is picking up confidence with the machine and the tyres. The
young Australian made huge strides forward in the four hours of practice,
lowering his times by a second in every session and cut his gap to the top rider
by half a second compared to yesterday.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"It's a shame that Alex was unable to use his final qualifying tyre because I
think that he could have taken three or four more tenths off and started further
up the grid. Nevertheless, his race pace is quite good so I think that tomorrow
he could improve. As regards Chris, I think he's doing a great job, and has
improved in every session so far. He's capable of riding at the limit from the
very first lap and that's a positive thing because if he gets a good start that
quality will help him have a good race. Anyway, I think tomorrow he can go out
on track with no pressure on him, the only aim is to pick up experience. This is
how he will get the best possible result."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -   1'30.757 - 12th position

"I'm abjectly disappointed with today's practices because it's not easy to
overtake here and to start this far back is a handicap. We calculated the time
wrong today and I couldn't use the last qualifying tyre to take a few more
tenths off. My pace in race configuration is okay, in the low 1'31s, but 1'30s
are what's needed really. In any case, I'm not beaten yet and tomorrow I will do
everything I can to get a good result."

Chris Vermeulen - Camel Honda -   1'31.654 - 14th position

"It's fantastic to ride with this team and this bike. We made improvements in
every session starting out at 1'34 and ending up at 1'31. I think that is a good
margin in four hours and I'm delighted with it. We're working together well and
I am also getting on with the Michelin engineers. The qualifying tyres offer
incredible grip and even though I didn't make the most of them I still enjoyed
myself using them. So tomorrow I hope to be able to improve my times even
further and lap at a constant rhythm. My aim is to finish in the points and as
close to another Honda rider as possible."