Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Turkish GP - Round 16 - MotoGP
Istanbul - Sunday 23 October 2005 - Race

Alex and Chris ninth and eleventh in Turkey

Alex Barros rode a determined race and finished in the top ten today despite not
being physically at one hundred percent after his spectacular crash in the
Australian GP last week  and even with a general bike set-up which didn't give
him enough grip in the second half of the race. Chris Vermeulen showed a
constant improvement during the whole weekend always closing in on the top
MotoGP riders in terms of performance, without once making a single error and
putting himself just a whisker away from the top ten in just his second race in
motorcycling's elite class. The Australian eventually crossed the finish line in
eleventh place in the Turkish Grand Prix.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"Alex once again proved his great determination and courage today, finishing in
the top ten despite not being physically ready after his hefty crash in Phillip
Island. In the second part of the race he was unable to maintain his early
rhythm due to a progressive degradation in grip, but he still pushed to the last
metre to get the best possible result. Chris is demonstrating that he has the
talent we thought he did and also the right mentality to do well in the premier
class, not only because after around ten tough hours on the bike he hasn't made
a single error, but also because in such a short time he has a great technical
rapport with the team and has gradually reduced the gap to the top guys both in
terms of performance in qualifying and the gap he has put on riders who have
been riding in MotoGP for years."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda - 9th

"I don't have too much to say other than the fact that I'm disappointed with
this race. I'm still in pain from the crash in Australia but not enough to not
be able to do better than ninth. In any case, I will try to get a good result in
the last race in Valencia."

Chris Vermeulen - Camel Honda -   11th

"We can say that I managed to complete one of my objectives, which was to finish
ahead of another Honda, but it's not enough though. I would have had to do much
better to be satisfied. As I ride this bike more I realise how many things I
still have to learn and that this is building up some great experience for me.
Today I got away better than in Phillip Island and I battled with several riders
for a few laps. I also committed a few mistakes and one of these allowed Tamada
and Nakano to pass me. For a few laps I lost my rhythm a bit, and only in the
last part of the race did I feel much better again. I closed in on Nakano but
not enough to get past him. As I said, it's all experience which will help me
improve, whether it's in setting up the bike or in racing, especially if I get
the chance to ride again in Valencia."