Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Valencian GP - Round 17 - MotoGP
Valencia - Saturday 5th November 2005 - Qualifying

Barros starts Valencian GP from third row

Alex Barros will start tomorrow's Valencian Grand Prix from the third row of the
grid, a position which should allow him to stick with the front group,
especially with his race pace at a similar level to theirs. The Brazilian rider
should have the chance to do a good race tomorrow. Young Ryuichi Kiyonari, who
was unable to make the necessary progress which allowed him to feel comfortable
on the bike, was unable to make the most of the qualifying tyres and get himself
a more favourable grid slot.

Sito Pons - Camel Honda

"I'm quite happy with how the day went for Alex, because along with his
technicians he was able to find a set-up that will give him confidence for
tomorrow. If he can get a good start, which is a possibility from the third row,
then he should be able to hang on to the front group and do a good race. I'm a
little disappointed that Ryuichi was unable to do better than sixteenth because
to fight back from there will be very hard indeed. I think that he paid for a
lack of experience with the qualifying tyres because in terms of race pace he is
much faster than his position shows."

Alex Barros - Camel Honda -   1'33.967 - 8th position

"We eventually managed to improve the suspension settings so we should be able
to get better grip in the rear wheel but in doing so lost time on choosing a
tyre and we got a little confused. In any case I have tested myself on race
tyres and the pace might not be the fastest, but it's still not bad. We also
tried to make some changes to the forks, but there was no improvement, so we
kept yesterday's setting. Overall we're not a hundred percent yet, but it's rare
for that to happen anyway, so in general I'm quite happy."

Ryuichi Kiyonari - Camel Honda -   1'35.579 - 16th position

"I really disappointed to not have been able to do any better in practice, but
that's just the way it went. Over these two days we have made small steps
forward and I felt a bit better with the set-up but I still wasn't able to get
the most out of the qualifying tyres and get further up the grid. Obviously I'm
going to do my best though in tomorrow's race and try and get the best result