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Rossi could seal the title in Japan

Rossi could seal the title in Japan

Rossi could seal the title in Japan

Gauloises Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi became the first rider in the history of the MotoGP World Championship to score nine wins for five successive seasons, as he clinched victory in the eleventh round of the 2005 Championship at Brno.

Rossi's record-breaking ride featured an intense battle with Sete Gibernau that again came down to a dramatic finale, with Rossi making his definitive pass at the end of the penultimate lap. Gibernau tried to fight back, but as Rossi edged clear through the final series of sweeping corners, the Spaniard's faint hope of a victorious response disappeared completely as he suffered a technical problem and was forced to retire.

Rossi can now seal the championship title in the next round at Motegi. The Italian rider could clinch his fifth consecutive premier class crown with a staggering five GP's remaining.

`That was one of the hardest races of the season. After the warm-up I saw Sete's time and I wasn't sure that I could beat him in the race. I had confidence in the bike but I knew I was a bit slower than him´ Rossi explained at the end of the race.

`I spoke with Jeremy Burgess to ask for some modifications to be made to the bike in order to make a better compromise for the whole race and, like always, he and the rest of the team worked at 100% to improve the situation. There were a lot of fast riders out there, but Gibernau was my hardest opponent so I tried to push him and put the pressure on from the start. It was a great fight with a lot of overtaking. In the middle of the race I decided to go to try and make a gap, but Sete came back. At the end I did three or four good laps, made the pass on Sete and then did a perfect final lap. Unfortunately Sete had a problem, which was bad luck for him because he deserved to be on the podium.' `This is a good win for me and now I just need one more for the title, but it is not over yet´, he added. His statement is not entirely true however, as a top two finish in Japan would confirm yet another title triumph for the mercurial Italian.


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