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Portuguese GP: Race

Portuguese GP: Race

Portuguese GP: Race

Every week the Re-Live section will give you the opportunity to enjoy highlights of the 17 Grands Prix of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship season. On Saturdays you'll find all the best action from the free practice and qualifying sessions, and on Sundays the best moments from the races. This week takes you back to the Portuguese GP, staged at Estoril.

Camel Honda's Alex Barros completed a perfect weekend at Estoril by taking victory in the Grande Premio de Portugal - his first win since Valencia in 2002.

Poleman Barros inherited the lead when Sete Gibernau crashed on lap 17. Gibernau had made a strong start and quickly increased his advantage over his opponents. Before the Spaniard crashed, Barros was the only rider able to match his pace with Valentino Rossi a distant third after an early tussle with arch rival Max Biaggi.

A key factor in the race was the changing weather conditions with rain falling on the track at the start lap eight. This changed the face of the race and provided the opportunity for the riders to swap bikes as teams prepared their spare machines with rain set-ups. It was the first time the new ‘white flag' rule was enforced, although none of the front-runners opted for a pit-stop.

In the late stages of the race the pace decreased as the grip of the track decreased. Several riders crashed out including John Hopkins and Troy Bayliss, while Colin Edwards was able to rejoin the race after an off-track excursion. The American had been battling with Marco Melandri who eventually took fourth. The Italian also had to defend his position from Carlos Checa who made a poor start despite departing from the front row.

MotoGP, 2005

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