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Yamaha take constructors title

Yamaha take constructors title

Yamaha take constructors title

Yamaha completed their clean sweep of the 2005 season today after adding the Constructors' World Championship to the Riders' and Team titles courtesy of Valentino Rossi's eleventh win of the season at Phillip Island. The Gauloises Yamaha Team rider held off a strong challenge from Nicky Hayden (Honda) to continue his undefeated run at this circuit which stretches back to 2001.

"It has been an amazing season and today we have won the constructors' title for Yamaha in the year of their 50th anniversary, so I am very happy," said Rossi. "Congratulations to everybody. Eleven wins in the year matches my own record and to do it at Phillip Island is very special for me. I have won a lot of important races here, especially the 2001 500cc title, and the title last year for Yamaha and it is a magic track for me – I love it."

"Today was tough, I had a great rival in Nicky Hayden and it was a great race. I got to the front after two laps and had a good rhythm so I pushed two or three times to escape. Every time Nicky came with me so I let him pass me just to see how it was. Then some more riders arrived so I tried again and this time I managed to get a one second advantage, which was like gold! I managed to hold it until the last lap and to celebrate the win in front of this great crowd is always a magnificent pleasure. Thank you to them and to everybody else who has made this season so special."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, POLINI AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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