Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Yamaha clinches constructors' crown with Rossi's 11th win

Round: 15 - Australian MotoGP
Circuit: Phillip Island
Date: 16 October 2005
Crowd: 65000
Temp: 16ēC
Weather: Clear Sky 

Yamaha completed a clean sweep for 2005 today as the Constructors' World
Championship was added to the Riders' and Teams' titles thanks to Valentino
Rossi's eleventh win of the season at Phillip Island. The Gauloises Yamaha Team
rider held off a strong challenge from Nicky Hayden (Honda) to continue his
undefeated run at this circuit, which stretches back to 2001.

Rossi started well from second on the grid and chased pole setter Hayden over
the opening two laps before taking the lead and making several attempts to
escape. However the American hung on and was presented with the opportunity to
retake the lead when Rossi dropped the pace at the halfway stage. After studying
Hayden for three laps, Rossi regained control on lap nineteen and managed to
open out a one-second cushion as Hayden became embroiled in a scrap with Marco
Melandri (Honda). Hayden eventually got the better of the Italian but Rossi was
able to control his lead until the end of the race, winning by 1.007 seconds.

Colin Edwards remains in the hunt for second in the riders' championship after a
battling sixth place finish today. The Texan had struggled all weekend to match
the excellent pace he found here during pre-season testing and was unable to
hang on to the front group after starting from fifth on the grid. Edwards now
lies in fourth place overall, eight points behind Hayden and Melandri, who are
tied for second with two rounds remaining.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha team) 1st

"It has been an amazing season and today we have won the constructors' title for
Yamaha in the year of their 50th Anniversary, so I am very happy.
Congratulations to everybody. Eleven wins in the year matches my own record and
to do it at Phillip Island is very special for me. I have won a lot of important
races here, especially the 2001 500cc title and the title last year for Yamaha
and it is a magic track for me - I love it.

Today was tough, I had a great rival in Nicky Hayden and it was a great race. I
got to the front after two laps and had a good rhythm so I pushed two or three
times to escape. Every time Nicky came with me so I let him pass me just to see
how it was. Then some more riders arrived so I tried again and this time I
managed to get a one second advantage, which was like gold! I managed to hold it
until the last lap and to celebrate the win in front of this great crowd is
always a magnificent pleasure. Thank you to them and to everybody else who has
made this season so special."

Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 6th

"That wasn't great. We've been chasing our tail a little bit all weekend with
the set-up and unfortunately we ran out of time and ideas. In the winter
everything seemed okay here but this time we've been playing catch-up. In the
end we went towards Valentino's setting, which was obviously working well for
him, but for me it was just spinning up too much, even with the front wheel off
the ground, which isn't normal. I want to thank the whole team for their hard
work and congratulate Yamaha for the constructors' title. It's just a shame it
didn't work out for me today."

Jeremy Burgess - Valentino Rossi's crew chief

"It's been a good weekend for us, starting off with some fast and consistent
times on Friday and Saturday and then staying in good shape as the other riders
got better in the build-up to the race. Valentino controlled the race today and
gave another example of why he is World Champion - he rides with his head as
much as his wrist. It was nice for the Australian guys in the team to win their
home race but more than that we are delighted for Yamaha to win the
constructors' title. It was our only remaining target for the season so now we
can look forward to the last two rounds and see what comes up."

Tony Elias (Fortuna Yamaha team) 9th

"We had a traction problem throughout practice which stopped us from being any
higher up. In the race the problem still affected me on the corner exits and I
had to fight really hard during the race to try and hang on. We have to still
keep looking forward though, and continue working to improve every time we go
out. Next week we go to Turkey and I hope that we can further improve our

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team) 12th

"I had a lot of problems in the first five laps, because the bike felt heavy, I
was running wide and I couldn't get the corner exits that I wanted. I suffered a
lot over those first five laps, and I lost touch with the group ahead of me, but
I gradually fought my way back. In races though, you have to be fast from the
first to the last lap. I've picked up points though, and my pace at the end was
pretty good."

Race classification MotoGP

Round: 15 - Australian MotoGP
Circuit: Phillip Island
Circuit Length: 4448m
Lap Record: 1' 30.332 (Marco Melandri, 2005)

Race: 27 Laps

Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA  41' 8.542
 2  N. Hayden     Honda         USA     +1.007
 3  C. Checa      Ducati        ESP     +4.215
 4  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA     +4.232
 5  S. Gibernau   Honda         ESP    +14.088
 6  C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA    +33.200
 7  S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN    +45.055
 8  M. Tamada     Honda         JPN    +45.103
 9  T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP    +45.104
10  J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA    +50.260
11  C. Vermeulen  Honda         AUS    +50.697
12  R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP  +1' 8.324
13  R. Rolfo      Ducati        ITA  +1'31.737
14  J. Ellison    Blata WCM     GBR  +1 lap(s)
15  F. Battaini   Blata WCM     ITA  +1 lap(s)

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA   1'30.332

Championship standings MotoGP

Pos.Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Valentino Rossi  Yamaha        ITA   331
 2  Marco Melandri   Honda         ITA   170
 3  Nicky Hayden     Honda         USA   170
 4  Colin Edwards    Yamaha        USA   162
 5  Max Biaggi       Honda         ITA   159
 6  Loris Capirossi  Ducati        ITA   148
 7  Sete Gibernau    Honda         ESP   137
 8  Alex Barros      Honda         BRA   129
 9  Carlos Checa     Ducati        ESP   114
10  Shinya Nakano    Kawasaki      JPN    87
11  Makato Tamada    Honda         JPN    76
12  Kenny Roberts    Suzuki        USA    63
13  John Hopkins     Suzuki        USA    59
14  Toni Elias       Yamaha        ESP    58
15  Troy Bayliss     Honda         AUS    54
16  Ruben Xaus       Yamaha        ESP    49

Manufacturers standings MotoGP

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Yamaha        345
 2  Honda         291
 3  Ducati        178
 4  Kawasaki      115
 5  Suzuki         96
 6  Blata WCM      13
 7  Proton KR       1
 7  Moriwaki        1

Team standings MotoGP

Pos.Team                       Points
 1  Gauloises Yamaha Team       493
 2  Repsol Honda Team           329
 3  Team Movistar Honda MotoGP  307
 4  Ducati Marlboro Team        262
 5  Honda Camel                 193
 6  Kawasaki Racing Team        134
 7  Team Suzuki MotoGP          122
 8  Fortuna Yamaha Team         111
 9  Konica Minolta Honda         88
10  D'Antin MotoGP               25
11  Blata WCM                    14
12  Team Roberts KR               1