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One year ago at Jerez

One year ago at Jerez

One year ago at Jerez

The 2003 MotoGP race at Jerez saw Valentino Rossi power away at the head of the field for his second winners trophy of the season.

Under sunny and very hot conditions and in front of 120,000 fans, the reigning World Champion was seventh at the end of the first lap but moved to the head of the pack by the end of the third. 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.

Former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss continued to impress at the start of his rookie season with his first ever podium result. His first three races in the series 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.

After three rounds Rossi topped the championship standings by 14 points with Biaggi, who secured his third consecutive podium result in second place, holding off Troy Bayliss by 16 points.

MotoGP, 2004

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