The Camel Honda team wrapped up their pre-season schedule with Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss sixth and thirteenth respectively at the conclusion of three days testing at Jerez, which will also host the opening round of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship on April 10.

"In these Jerez tests we have really worked hard, especially today when I did over a hundred laps," said Barros, who was 0.586secs slower than pace setter Nicky Hayden. "We have honestly explored every avenue: electronics, front tyres, rear tyres, suspension, various geometries and at the end we managed to improve the bike where I wanted.

"Friday I was very nervous, today (Sunday) meanwhile I was able to ride cleaner, with a used tyre over 15 laps old I did a 1min 41 and a half. With the qualifier I rode a '40.5 but I used my spare machine, so I think we can safely say things have gone well," added the former Repsol Honda rider.

"We are ready for the race, in the sense that we have a good basis from which to start from, because we mustn't forget that Jerez is a track that is affected by even the slightest change in weather," explained Barros's crew Ramon Forcada. "After yesterday and today for example, and by yesterday I mean when the track was dry, the conditions were completely different."

Meanwhile, new Honda rider Bayliss heads to the first race of the season having been the slowest of the seven RCV riders. The Australian featured at the sharp end when testing at the same circuit on the 2004 spec machine, but has struggled to find a comfortable set-up since. Nevertheless, the former factory Ducati rider is eager for the season to start.

"All the tests are now finished, so the next time we get out on track will be for the race. I honestly can't wait," he declared. "Compared to the first test we had in Jerez, I rode slower today, but what counts is that during all the tests we have done throughout the winter there has been a constant improvement in my feeling with this bike."

"We have tried a variety of settings on the bike which were completely different to yesterday, and also we tested a lot of different tyre types. By the end, Troy has found a reasonably satisfying set-up and improved his time by a half-second compared to Friday," added Bayliss's crew chief Santiago Mulero.

Jerez MotoGP test times - Sunday:

1.Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda 1min 39.983 secs
2.Marco MelandriITA Team Movistar Honda 1min 40.291 secs
3.John Hopkins USA Team Suzuki MotoGP1min 40.418 secs
4.Valentino RossiITA Gauloises Yamaha 1min 40.539 secs
5.Loris CapirossiITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 40.559 secs
6.Alex Barros BRA Camel Honda 1min 40.569 secs
7.Sete Gibernau SPA Team Movistar Honda 1min 40.662 secs
8.Colin Edwards USA Gauloises Yamaha 1min 41.284 secs
9.Shinya NakanoJPN Fuchs Kawasaki1min 41.328 secs
10.Makoto TamadaJPN Konica Minolta Honda 1min 41.38 secs
11.Max Biaggi ITA Repsol Honda 1min 41.431 secs
12.Alex HofmannGER Fuchs Kawasaki1min 41.453 secs
13.Troy Bayliss AUS Camel Honda 1min 41.529 secs
14.Kenny RobertsUSA Team Suzuki MotoGP1min 41.913 secs
15.Nobuatsu AokiJPN Team Suzuki MotoGP1min 42.121 secs
16.Toni Elias SPA Fortuna Yamaha 1min 42.387 secs
17.Ruben Xaus SPA Fortuna Yamaha 1min 43.961 secs
18.James EllisonGBR Blata WCM1min 44.041 secs
19.Shane ByrneGBR Team KR-KTM1min 44.272 secs
20. Roberto Rolfo ITA D'Antin Ducati 1min 44.395 secs
21.Vittoriano Guareschi ITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 44.447 secs
22.Franco BattainiITA Blata WCM1min 45.379 secs

Jerez MotoGP test times - Overall best:

1.Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda 1min 39.983 secs
2.Marco MelandriITA Team Movistar Honda 1min 40.291 secs
3.John Hopkins USA Team Suzuki MotoGP1min 40.418 secs
4.Valentino RossiITA Gauloises Yamaha 1min 40.539 secs
5.Loris CapirossiITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 40.559 secs
6.Alex Barros BRA Camel Honda 1min 40.569 secs
7.Sete Gibernau SPA Team Movistar Honda 1min 40.662 secs
8.Colin Edwards USA Gauloises Yamaha 1min 41.284 secs
9.Shinya NakanoJPN Fuchs Kawasaki1min 41.328 secs
10.Makoto TamadaJPN Konica Minolta Honda 1min 41.38 secs
11.Max Biaggi ITA Repsol Honda 1min 41.431 secs
12.Alex HofmannGER Fuchs Kawasaki1min 41.453 secs
13.Troy Bayliss AUS Camel Honda 1min 41.529 secs
14.Kenny RobertsUSA Team Suzuki MotoGP1min 41.913 secs
15.Nobuatsu AokiJPN Team Suzuki MotoGP1min 42.121 secs
16.Toni Elias SPA Fortuna Yamaha 1min 42.27 secs
17.Ruben Xaus SPA Fortuna Yamaha 1min 43.467 secs
18.Vittoriano Guareschi ITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 43.643 secs
19.James EllisonGBR Blata WCM1min 44.041 secs
20.Shane ByrneGBR Team KR-KTM1min 44.272 secs
21. Roberto Rolfo ITA D'Antin Ducati 1min 44.395 secs
22.Franco BattainiITA Blata WCM1min 45.379 secs

Comparative lap times:

Spanish Grand Prix - 02/5/2004:Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha 1min 40.818secs Fastest lap: Sete Gibernau SPA Camel Honda 1min 53.508secs (wet)

 

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