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Chinese GP: Race

Chinese GP: Race

Chinese 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.

A commanding victory in torrentially wet conditions at the Shanghai International Circuit made Valentino Rossi the first ever winner of a MotoGP event in China.

Rossi grabbed the lead from Kenny Roberts on the fifth lap after the Suzuki rider suffered a mechanical problem, opened up a clear gap over the rest of the field and looked comfortable until a thrilling finale.

Surprisingly the man to challenge Rossi with a late charge was Olivier Jacque, returning to MotoGP as a replacement for the injured Alex Hofmann at Kawasaki to score his first podium in the class.

With seven laps to go Jacque overcame Sete Gibernau in second place and closed in on the World Champion at the front, taking chunks out of the Italian's lead with every lap but running out of time as Rossi took the flag by 1.7 seconds.

Gibernau's disappointment at losing out on second place was compounded on the last lap when he conceded third to his team-mate Marco Melandri after apparently suffering with a mechanical problem.

MotoGP, 2005

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