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Last year at Valencia

Last year at Valencia

Last year at Valencia

Valentino Rossi closed the 2003 MotoGP World Championship at Valencia last year with a hard-fought victory over Sete Gibernau which typified the season-long battle between the two Honda riders.

Gibernau was in inspired form but powerless to prevent another Rossi spectacular which saw the World Champion take an ultimately clear victory in front of a 121,342 capacity crowd which had already been warmed up by a 250cc World Championship triumph for Manuel Poggiali.

Rossi and Gibernau were joined on the podium by Loris Capirossi, who took his sixth rostrum finish of his first season aboard the Ducati. After leading the race on the opening lap, Capirossi settled into third place after Nicky Hayden crashed out on lap four and then held off a challenge from Max Biaggi.

The Italian pair briefly jousted before Capirossi opened up a clear advantage, leaving Biaggi alone in fourth in a field which had stretched out considerably after crashes to Tohru Ukawa and Shinya Nakano in the second group.

Hayden remounted to finish sixteenth, missing out on the points but collecting fifth in the championship and the Rookie of the Year trophy, whilst his only challenger for that particular honour, Troy Bayliss, fought to seventh after an entertaining duel with his old WSB sparring partner Colin Edwards.

Bayliss secured sixth in the championship whilst Carlos Checa moved above Ukawa into seventh after finishing fifth in the race ahead of Alex Barros.

Enjoy video highlights of last year's MotoGP race at Valencia by clicking on the link at the top of the page.


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