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Rossi take China in the wet

Rossi take China in the wet

Rossi take China in the wet

Valentino Rossi made history today in Shanghai when he won the first ever MotoGP Chinese GP, a win he took in spite of persistent heavy rain and a persistent Frenchman at his heals.

Having started the race in fifth place in wet conditions, Rossi took control of the race during the fifth lap and opened up a gap over the chasing pack. Towards the end, the only person to put any real pressure on him was Oliver Jacque who had stepped in to replace an injured Alex Hoffman, but on the last lap Rossi power away from the Frenchman to take his second win of the season.

"Out of all the victories in my career, this was the one I least expected – I am really surprised," said Rossi. It is the first time I have won in the wet on the Yamaha, so it is a special victory.

"We had some problems with the set-up of the bike this weekend but the team made some modifications overnight, changing the front fork setting, and already in the warm-up it felt good. I got off to a good start in the race and I was quite surprised to be at the front so quickly.

Rossi´s usual challengers were outrun by returnee Jacque, who hadn't raced in a GP for seven months.

"I got off to a good start in the race and I was quite surprised to be at the front so quickly," explained Rossi after the race. "There was a lot of water on the track so I had to keep my concentration at 100%. When I saw Olivier's name on my pit board I didn't understand who it was because they only put an ‘O' on there. I thought "who is O?". I thought perhaps it was a Chinese rider – then I realised it was OJ!. At the end of the race he was faster than me but I managed to keep out front and win the race."

Rossi´s win today significantly strengthens his lead in the championship, pulling it further away from archrival Sete Gibernau. The two will meet again in two week's time in the French GP, where Rossi will be starting off with a comfortable 37-point lead.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, TAOBAO.COM GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, Valentino Rossi

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