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A look back at the season so far – Part 1

A look back at the season so far – Part 1

A look back at the season so far – Part 1

Early clash at Jerez

Valentino Rossi began his MotoGP World Championship defence with a determined performance at Jerez, snatching victory from home favourite Sete Gibernau in a dramatic final corner manoeuvre. A minute's silence in memory of Pope John Paul II provided the calm before the storm as Rossi stalked Gibernau for virtually the entire race, making his move on the penultimate lap only to make a mistake in the final circulation and hand the lead back to the Spaniard.

It set up a breathtaking finale, with the pair exchanging places in the fast right corners which lead into the final left-hand hairpin, where they collided as Rossi forced his way up the inside. Gibernau ran it wide into the gravel but returned to the track to limp across the line in second place, benefiting from the huge gap the two riders had opened up over third-placed Marco Melandri, who completed the podium in his first MotoGP appearance for Honda.

MotoGP, 2005

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