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Top ten historic moments of 2004: no. 7

Top ten historic moments of 2004: no. 7

Top ten historic moments of 2004: no. 7

The 125cc race in Qatar went down in history for two reasons. Not only was it the first ever Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit, but it also finished as the closest ever race in the 55-year history of the sport.

Jorge Lorenzo took victory by less than a thousandth of a second over Andrea Dovizioso after an entertaining battle which also involved Casey Stoner and Alvaro Bautista. It was the first race in which the time-keepers had been unable to separate the first two riders across the line since the introduction of timing to an accuracy of one thousandth of a second.

In fact, since Grand Prix racing began back in 1949 there have only been six other occasions in which the two riders across the line have been given the same time:

250cc/Italy/1952/Monza – Enrico Lorenzetti/Werner Haas (timing to 0.1 sec)
250cc/Italy/1959/Monza – Carlo Ubbiali/Ernst Degner (timing to 0.1 sec)
125cc/Ulster GP/1962/Dundrod – Luigi Taveri/Tommy Robb (timing to 0.1 sec)
500cc/Dutch TT/1975/Assen – Barry Sheene/Giacomo Agostini (timing to 0.1 sec)
250cc/Italy/1978/Mugello – Kork Ballington/Greg Hansford (timing to 0.1 sec)
125cc/Yugoslavia/1981/Rijeka – Loris Reggiani/Pierpaolo Bianchi (timing to 0.1 sec)

Since the introduction of the current timing system to an accuracy of 0.001 sec there have been seven races that have been decided by less than 0.01 second, but never less than 0.001 as was the case with Lorenzo and Dovizioso:

250cc/Czech/1989/Brno – Reinhold Roth/Masahiro Shimizu – 0.001 sec
500cc/Czech/1996/Brno – Alex Criville/Mick Doohan – 0.002 sec
125cc/Italy/1995/Mugello – Haruchika Aoki/Stefano Perugini – 0.004 sec
125cc/Austria/1997/A1-Ring – Noboru Ueda/Valentino Rossi – 0.004 sec
250cc/Australia/2002/Philip Island – Marco Melandri/Fonsi Nieto – 0.007 sec
250cc/Italy/1991/Misano – Luca Cadalora/Helmut Bradl – 0.009 sec.

125cc, 2005

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