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Rossi celebrates once again at Donington Park

Rossi celebrates once again at Donington Park

Rossi celebrates once again at Donington Park

Valentino Rossi celebrated his fifth victory in front of a record crowd of 82,091 fans at Donington Park this afternoon after a dominant display in the Cinzano British Grand Prix. Rossi started from pole position and, after briefly losing the lead to Loris Capirosssi and dropping to fourth place on the first lap, he swept back to the front just moments later and never looked back, opening up a two second gap over chasing Honda riders Colin Edwards and Sete Gibernau which he maintained until the chequered flag.

Edwards overcame his team-mate Gibernau to clinch second place and seal his first ever MotoGP podium after making the step up from World Superbikes last season. After two crashes in the last two races, however, third place was a welcome result for the Spaniard, who moves back into second place overall, level on points with Biaggi but with a superior win total.

Capirossi eventually slipped back through the order, with his Ducati team-mate Troy Bayliss and Honda rider Nicky Hayden coming through to battle for fourth place, with the American youngster eventually winning out after passing the Australian and then seeing him run straight across the grass in the Craner Curves section as he tried to recover.

Bayliss did manage to get back on track and bring his machine home in fifth place, his best result of the season, ahead of Carlos Checa in sixth and Capirossi, who eventually dropped back to seventh.

Norick Abe crashed out of a thrilling battle for the remaining top ten positions, launching from his Yamaha at high speed as he had done at Sachsenring seven days previously. The Japanese rider's misfortune allowed John Hopkins to come through for his best finish of the season in eighth, just ahead of Alex Barros and Neil Hodgson, who clinched tenth to the delight of the home crowd.

Marco Melandri did not take part in the race after failing to recover sufficiently from a broken thumb sustained in Friday's morning free practice. The Italian will be back in action when the season resumes after a short summer break at the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky on August 22.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC

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