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Gibernau loses lead of the BMW Awards to Rossi

Gibernau loses lead of the BMW Awards to Rossi

Gibernau loses lead of the BMW Awards to Rossi

After managing to maintain leadership of the BMW Awards throughout most of the first half of the MotoGP 2005 season, Sete Gibernau finally lost his first place position in the classification to archrival Valentino Rossi last weekend at Laguna Seca.

The Movistar Honda rider had defended the Award all season with a string of excellent classification times, but a 13th place start last weekend at Laguna Seca – his worst grid classification of the season so far – erased the comfortable lead he had and left him 0.077 of a second behind Rossi.

While Gibernau has lost the BMW lead and, also, still has not managed a single win this season, Rossi is now leading on all fronts. Even although the Italian didn't win in California, he still managed to consolidate his enormous championship lead, now having a 79-point advantage over closest competitor Marco Melandri.

As well as his second place in the overall classification, Melandri holds third place in the BMW Awards, even although, like his team-mate Gibernau, he had a poor qualifying time at Laguna Seca which saw him start the historic race in 11th position.

A perfect weekend for Nicky Hayden – being fastest all weekend and taking his first MotoGP pole position and first win in the historic race – sees him in fourth place in the BWM Awards and six in the overall championship classification.

Alex Barros, who crashed out with Marco Melandri on the first lap, sits in 5th in the BMW Awards standings, ahead of Italian Loris Capirossi.

MotoGP, 2005, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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