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A look back at the season so far – Part 3

A look back at the season so far – Part 3

A look back at the season so far – Part 3

Historic win for Rossi, blazing comeback for Jacque

Valentino Rossi became the first ever winner of a MotoGP event in China as he took an authoritative victory in torrentially wet conditions at the Shanghai International Circuit, host of the third round of the season back in May. Rossi took the lead from Kenny Roberts on the fifth lap after the Suzuki rider suffered from a mechanical problem, opening up a clear gap over the rest of the field and looking comfortable until a thrilling finale.

Surprisingly the man to challenge Rossi with a late charge was Olivier Jacque, returning to MotoGP as a replacement for the injured Alex Hofmann at Kawasaki to score his first podium in the class. With seven laps to go Jacque overcame Sete Gibernau in second place and closed in on the World Champion at the front, taking chunks out of the Italian's lead with every lap but running out of time as Rossi took the flag by 1.7 seconds.

MotoGP, 2005

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