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Camel unveil 2005 line-up in Italy

Camel unveil 2005 line-up in Italy

Camel unveil 2005 line-up in Italy

In the prestigious surroundings of the Palazzo della Borsa in Milan, the Camel Honda team officially presented today its 2005 line-up to the world's media. Troy Bayliss and Alex Barros will this year wear Camel Honda's colours in the MotoGP World Championship 2005, and appeared on the stage alongside Roberto Zanni - Senior Vice President of JT International, Ishii Tsutomu - HRC General Manager and two-times World Champion, Sito Pons - Team Manager.

Ishii Tsutomu, the HRC General Manager, is very hopeful so Honda could regain the title again.`This year we don't have a title to defend and so that objective is of utmost importance to Honda. I'm looking forward to a very successful season. I think that with Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss we have the potential to win the championship, but success is not achieved just by having a top bike and top riders, you also need good teamwork and the support of a big name like JTI. I am looking forward to next season with confidence, we want to win the championship once more´.

Sito Pons said: `When we present the team at the beginning of a season, I get the same kind of excitement as when our bikes are on the starting grid waiting for the green light. In the team's 24 years there have been many thrilling winning moments and times which we are happy to remember. It makes us very proud that JTI have chosen to be our partners once more with the prestigious Camel brand, a leader at world level with whom we now have a relationship going back three years. The Honda name is now part of the team's history and in my opinion the RC211V is the best bike. Both our new riders, Troy Bayliss and Alex Barros, have the necessary talent and experience to carry out the enviable yet arduous task of taking it to victory. To complete the winning formula we have Michelin tyres, meaning that Alex and Troy will have fantastic support in their fight for victory in 2005´.

Alex Barros highlighted in the presentation that his return to Camel coincides with recovery of full fitness. `I am delighted to be here today, because returning to this team, to Camel Honda, is like going back to your friends. This is the first time in two years that I have felt in perfect physical shape and I think that this can be one of the high-points of my career. I will start this championship aiming to win, because there is no point in fighting for second place. From what I have seen in the tests so far, I think I can say that the season will be one of the most competitive ever, there are at least ten riders fighting for the podium positions. I have got a first rate team, a first rate bike, I feel good and I hope to be able to use my vast experience. It will be a fantastic championship´, explained the Brazilian.

Troy Bayliss is focussing on adapting his riding on the Honda.`I have been training extensively and last weekend I got my first podium of the season, taking third place in a bicycle race in San Remo…! Joking aside, we head off now for six days testing in Barcelona and Jerez and I can't wait to get started. It is certainly a tough task to get where the others are already, but I want to be at 100% for the first race. At the moment I would say that I am at 80%. I still need to find a good feeling with the bike, but it is coming. Obviously for me to compete with the Camel Honda team is a massive change after so many years with the same bike, but above all it is a great opportunity. The team is fantastic and is work extremely hard to give me the best support possible. Our objective now is to find that missing 20 percent in the next tests. I can't wait for the season to begin´.

MotoGP, 2005

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