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A look back at the season so far – Part 2

A look back at the season so far – Part 2

A look back at the season so far – Part 2

Barros back on top

Alex Barros went from pole position to victory to cap a perfect weekend for the Brazilian, having dominated every session of the betandwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal. In unpredictable cloudy and cool conditions at the Estoril circuit, Barros chased early leader Sete Gibernau over the opening stages before the Spaniard crashed out on the seventeenth lap.

As light drizzle began to fall, the teams prepared the riders' second machines in case they needed to come in and change to wet tyres. However, despite a precarious final three laps and a huge rear slide on the last of them, Barros held his nerve to clinch his first win in over two years.

Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi did their best to cut down the gap to Barros in the closing stages but wisely decided not to take any risks as they sealed podium finishes. Second place for Rossi extended his advantage at the top of the overall standings to seven points, with Barros moving up to second in the championship, whilst third place for Biaggi represented a welcome first podium of the season for the factory HRC team.

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MotoGP, 2005

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