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Rossi ´show´ rolls ahead with second GP win out of three

Rossi ´show´ rolls ahead with second GP win out of three

Rossi ´show´ rolls ahead with second GP win out of three

Valentino Rossi decided that the frantic on-track action of the 125 and 250cc races was not for him as he powered away at the head of the MotoGP event for his second winners trophy of the season.

Under sunny and very hot conditions and in front of 120,000 fans, the reigning Champion was 7th at the end of the first lap but moved to the head of the pack by the end of the third circulation. He passed the tyre-smoking red Ducati machine of Loris Capirossi, who later crashed out on lap 12, and disappeared with a lead of six seconds by the flag ahead of Max Biaggi.

Continuing to impress the MotoGP paddock is former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss who earned his first ever podium result. His first three races in the series have produced a 5th, 4th and a 3rd positions on an excellent curve of progression with the new Ducati.

Tohru Ukawa won a race-long struggle with Alex Barros for fourth with Makoto Tamada recording his highest GP finish in sixth. John Hopkins took Suzuki´s best result of the season so far in seventh after having being as high as third in the opening laps, ahead of Shinya Nakano, Nobuatsu Aoki and Olivier Jacque.

The race saw only 18 finishers as Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden were among the fallers with Carlos Checa retiring early on with mechanical problems. Andrew Pitt collected Kawasaki´s first point of the season with 15th place.

Rossi tops the Championship standings by 14 points with Biaggi, who secured his third consecutive podium result, in front of Troy Bayliss by 16 points.

MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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