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Gibernau clinches third victory of the season

Gibernau clinches third victory of the season

Gibernau clinches third victory of the season

Sete Gibernau completed a hat-trick of dominant race winning performances in the wet at Assen today by taking the spoils in the delayed MotoGP event in front of fellow podium regulars Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi.

After the rain had ceased for a period in the afternoon the MotoGP race was declared ´dry´ only for the dark skies to open once more on the warm-up lap. The start time was put back to allow riders to switch to full wet tyres and the water then fell with venom from the loaded clouds, reducing visibility to a matter of metres.

A fascinating contest for half of the race between Gibernau and yellow Camel Honda Pons shadow Max Biaggi was shaping into a very close and interesting game of ´cat and mouse´ until the pair ran into back-markers and Biaggi was baulked by Garry McCoy, losing precious seconds and effectively the chance of victory. However the Italian's runner-up spot represents the only time he has beaten Rossi all season as the World Champion suffered from a poor start and was never in contention for the top step of the podium.

Troy Bayliss was showing some decent speed in the early stages and relegated Rossi to fourth until a low speed crash dropped him down the order. He restarted and eventually worked his way back into the race to claim 9th. Carlos Checa finished fourth after a tussle with Nori Haga on the Aprilia ended two laps before the chequered flag when the Japanese rider high-sided into the gravel. Olivier Jacque, Loris Capirossi, Colin Edwards and Alex Barros followed. Alex Hofmann gave the Kawasaki a fine tenth position.

Valentino Rossi still controls the World Championship after his 13th consecutive top three result. He leads Gibernau by 38 points with Biaggi in third trailing by 46.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2003, Gauloises Dutch TT

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