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A look back at the season so far – Part 7

A look back at the season so far – Part 7

A look back at the season so far – Part 7

Gauloises TT Assen: Historic win for Rossi

Valentino Rossi once again proved that he is the man for the big occasion as he took victory in the 75th anniversary of the Gauloises TT Assen. Rossi's sixth win from the opening seven rounds of the 2005 series was also his fifth in succession, the longest winning run by a Yamaha rider in the history of motorcycle racing's premier-class, and extended his lead to 63 points over Honda's Marco Melandri, who was second in Holland. Two weeks ahead of their own 50th anniversary celebrations at Laguna Seca, Yamaha's joy was complete as Rossi's team-mate Colin Edwards also stepped up to the podium with third place.

Sete Gibernau remained fourth in the championship behind Max Biaggi after losing out on fourth place to Nicky Hayden. Gibernau lapped behind Melandri as his young team-mate led in the early stages of the race but, having lost his Chief Mechanic Juan Martínez for the opening day of qualifying due to illness, he was unable to maintain the pace in the second half of the race and eventually dropped back to fifth.

MotoGP, 2005

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