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Key Moments 2005: Rossi draws first blood in Jerez

Key Moments 2005: Rossi draws first blood in Jerez

Key Moments 2005: Rossi draws first blood in Jerez

The 2005 season kicked-off with another classic duel between the two favourites for the title: Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau. The Italian and the Spaniard provided one of the most thrilling tussles of recent years in the first round of the MotoGP Championship, the Spanish GP.

Rossi stalked Gibernau for virtually the entire race, making his move on the penultimate lap only to make a mistake of his own just corners from the end to hand the lead back to the Spaniard.

It set up a breathtaking finale, with the pair exchanging places in the fast right corners which lead into the final left-handed hairpin, where they collided as Rossi forced his way up the inside. Gibernau was forced wide into the gravel but returned to the track to limp across the line in second, benefiting from the huge gap the two riders had opened up over third-placed Marco Melandri.

motogp.com brings you the most spectacular footage from the opening round of the season.

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MotoGP, 2005

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