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Bayliss and Barros confirmed by Camel Honda

Bayliss and Barros confirmed by Camel Honda

Bayliss and Barros confirmed by Camel Honda

Troy Bayliss will ride a Honda RC211V in the 2005 MotoGP World Championship alongside Alex Barros as part of the Camel Honda team. Bayliss was released by Ducati at the end of the 2004 season but was snapped up by team boss Sito Pons, with Barros re-joining the team he rode for from 1999 to 2002.

Both riders will be using Michelin tyres, with Bayliss assisted by Head Technician Santiago Mulero and Telemetry Engineer Ramón Aurín. Barros will continue to work alongside Ramón Forcada, who was his Chief Mechanic in 2004 at Repsol Honda and also during the Brazilian's first stint with Honda Pons, and will have Lluis Lleonart as his Telemetry Engineer.

"After two highly successful seasons the Camel Honda team now moves up a gear with the incorporation of two highly gifted and experienced riders," said Pons. "With Alex and Troy leading the charge, I am confident that the yellow Camel Honda bikes will be constantly battling for the leading positions in every race.

"I would like to thank Honda, Camel, Correos and the other team sponsors for their constant support and whilst we clearly have a lot of hard work ahead of us this winter, I am confident that this exciting new project will bring much success to everyone concerned once the 2005 championship gets underway in April in Jerez."

Roberto Zanni, Worldwide marketing and sales Senior Vice-President of Japan Tobacco International, added: "For the third consecutive year, the prestigious Camel brand will take part in the MotoGP World Championship. The thrilling exploits of the Camel Honda team will continue in earnest in 2005, with a brand new line-up. We welcome our two new riders, Troy Bayliss and Alex Barros, to whom I wish a season full of satisfaction and success.

"I would like to thank Honda for lending their support once more, and for having contributed to the continuity of our MotoGP project. I am certain that the RC211V, our team, and our riders will hold the Camel name up high next season, on the long and challenging road that is the MotoGP World Championship."

MotoGP, 2004, Alex Barros

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