Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
MotoGP : Yamaha concludes 50th Anniversary year with Valencia podium

Round: 17 - MotoGP Valencia
Circuit: Valencia
Date: 6 November 2005
Crowd: 124520
Temp: 21ēC
Weather: Sunny

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Valentino Rossi scored his sixteenth podium from
seventeen races in the final round of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship to put
the shine on Yamaha's 50th Anniversary celebrations at Valencia. The Italian
started from his lowest grid position of the season but produced a dramatic ride
to end the race in third place, lapping quicker than eventual winner Marco
Melandri (Honda). A crowd of 124,520 watched Rossi make up seven positions with
an incredible surge on the first lap, although the early pace of Melandri and
Nicky Hayden (Honda) provided them with an advantage that proved impossible to
breach in the second half of the race.

Rossi's Yamaha Factory team-mate Colin Edwards suffered a disappointing end to
his first season with the team, losing three positions on the first lap after
starting from sixth and only managing to recover one place by the end of the
race. Nevertheless, the American has made significant progress with a new riding
style over the course of the weekend and he is now looking forward to winter
testing as he prepares for his second season as a Yamaha rider. In the meantime,
Yamaha is left to reflect on a stunning Anniversary season, in which it has
swept the board, taking the riders', teams' and constructors' World Championship

Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Team), 3rd

"The second part of the race was very positive because my pace was fast and I
rode well but if you want to win a race then you can't start from fifteenth on
the grid. I made a mistake yesterday with the crash but the truth is that we
were struggling all weekend with the setting and we didn't understand until this
morning what the problem was. We worked it out and in the race I was able to
ride how I wanted to, but it was too late. It was good fun, I pushed hard but it
wasn't enough. In the future we have to make sure we work better in practice.
It's been a fantastic season and everyone has worked hard to achieve all our
targets. Now we look forward to some holidays and some hard work during winter

Colin Edwards (Yamaha Factory Team), 8th

"I didn't ride great today. In the middle of the race I started to push hard and
caught up again with the middle of the pack, but by that time I had abused my
tyres a lot, they were moving around and so I decided to hold station. I have
never been at the last race of a season counting down the days for winter
testing to start. We have a lot of work to do and I want to get going as soon as
possible. It's been an average season but we've learnt a lot for next year and
the whole team has worked very hard for me. I want to thank them and thank
Michelin and I'm looking forward to working with everyone over the winter and
coming out strong next year."

Davide Brivio - Yamaha Factory Team director

"Basically we lost the race in practice, both with the setting difficulties we
had and Valentino's starting position for the race. It is always going to be
difficult from the fifth row, but he was 4.9 seconds down on the leader after
four laps and by the end it was 2.9 so his pace was even better than the race
winner. It's been a long season from January, when testing started, to November.
We have won everything available, scored eleven race victories and right now I
would accept the same statistics next season - only with Colin higher in the
championship. That is our aim for next year but for now I just want to say thank
you to all our staff, engineers, crew and both of our riders. It has been a
fantastic season."

Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 10th

"We had a difficult weekend as we could not solve the problems we had on the
first day. However, I still gave my best. I think it was a season where I built
up very valuable experience. I have learnt a lot and, despite the injury that
kept me out for a while, I think I have progressed well. Now I am going to rest
for a few days which I think I deserve! I want to thank everyone at my team, the
mechanics and everyone who has supported me."

Ruben Xaus (Fortuna Yamaha Team), 15th

It has been a difficult year in which I have been battling to adapt to the
YZR-M1, but it has proved difficult. Today was another hard one, but despite not
enjoying myself much on the bike, we got one point. I must look forward now and
keep fighting."

Race classification MotoGP

Round: 17 - MotoGP Valencia
Circuit: Valencia
Circuit Length: 4005m
Lap Record: 1' 33.043 (Marco Melandri, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 31.874 (Sete Gibernau, 2005)

Race: 30 Laps

Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA  46'58.152
 2  N. Hayden     Honda         USA     +0.097
 3  V. Rossi      Yamaha        ITA     +2.959
 4  C. Checa      Ducati        ESP    +18.718
 5  A. Barros     Honda         BRA    +20.706
 6  M. Biaggi     Honda         ITA    +21.254
 7  L. Capirossi  Ducati        ITA    +23.142
 8  C. Edwards    Yamaha        USA    +25.678
 9  M. Tamada     Honda         JPN    +36.710
10  T. Elias      Yamaha        ESP    +39.116
11  S. Nakano     Kawasaki      JPN    +41.136
12  R. Kiyonari   Honda         JPN    +45.691
13  J. Hopkins    Suzuki        USA    +46.507
14  A. Hofman     Kawasaki      GER    +49.856
15  R. Xaus       Yamaha        ESP  +1'19.443

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  M. Melandri   Honda         ITA   1'33.043

Championship standings MotoGP

Pos.Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Valentino Rossi  Yamaha        ITA   367
 2  Marco Melandri   Honda         ITA   220
 3  Nicky Hayden     Honda         USA   206
 4  Colin Edwards    Yamaha        USA   179
 5  Max Biaggi       Honda         ITA   173
 6  Loris Capirossi  Ducati        ITA   157
 7  Sete Gibernau    Honda         ESP   150
 8  Alex Barros      Honda         BRA   147
 9  Carlos Checa     Ducati        ESP   138
10  Shinya Nakano    Kawasaki      JPN    98
11  Makato Tamada    Honda         JPN    91
12  Toni Elias       Yamaha        ESP    74
13  Kenny Roberts    Suzuki        USA    63
14  John Hopkins     Suzuki        USA    63
15  Troy Bayliss     Honda         AUS    54
16  Ruben Xaus       Yamaha        ESP    52

Manufacturers standings MotoGP

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Yamaha        381
 2  Honda         341
 3  Ducati        202
 4  Kawasaki      126
 5  Suzuki        100
 6  Blata WCM      13
 7  Proton KR       1
 8  Moriwaki        1

Team standings MotoGP

Pos.Team                       Points
 1  Yamaha Factory Team         546
 2  Repsol Honda Team           379
 3  Team Movistar Honda MotoGP  370
 4  Ducati Marlboro Team        295
 5  Honda Camel                 220
 6  Kawasaki Racing Team        150
 7  Fortuna Yamaha Team         130
 8  Team Suzuki MotoGP          126
 9  Konica Minolta Honda        103
10  D'Antin MotoGP               25
11  Blata WCM                    14
12  Team Roberts KR               1