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Rossi dominant once again in Rio

Rossi dominant once again in Rio

Rossi dominant once again in Rio

Valentino Rossi won his sixth race from seventh starts in Rio this afternoon. The World Champion completed an untroubled GP in sunny Brazil to take his sixth win of the year and continue his 100% podium streak that is now sees him on the verge of another MotoGP record (he holds 18 and is catching Giacomo Agostini's total of 22).

In what was a static affair after the excitement of the 125cc and 250cc events, Rossi showed once more the unbeatable package he enjoys with the factory Honda by passing early leader Sete Gibernau with ease and pulling away to the chequered flag unhindered. The rest of the field were interspersed by gaps of around three seconds. Gibernau chased air in second and surprisingly Makoto Tamada ended up gaining his first ever podium with third.

Max Biaggi was adrift in fourth and was closely shadowed by Nicky Hayden in fifth. Loris Capirossi was the first non-Honda rider across the line in sixth and he beat Tohru Ukawa, Shinya Nakano, Carlos Checa (who recorded the highest top speed of the GP) and Troy Bayliss.

After his latest success Rossi has pulled out another five points over Gibernau in the Championship and leads the way by 51; a gap of two races with only four remaining.

MotoGP, 2003

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