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Spanish GP: Race

Spanish GP: Race

Spanish GP: Race

Every weekend the Re-Live section will give you the opportunity to enjoy the highlights of the 17 Grands Prix of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship season. This week motogp.com takes you back to the season opener held at Jerez in April, and the thrilling race which saw Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau fighting for victory until the very last corner.

Rossi had secured pole position on Saturday afternoon ahead of Gibernau, but the Spaniard took an early lead and was stalked for most of the race by his Italian rival. Rossi and Gibernau swapped positions several times on the final lap before the Yamaha rider launched his final attack at the last corner, resulting in a now infamous clash with his rival.

Whilst the World Champion and Gibernau battled it out at the front, Melandri delivered a flawless performance to finish on the podium in his first appearance for Honda after Nicky Hayden crashed out of third position in the late stages of the race.

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MotoGP, 2005

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