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French GP: Race

French GP: Race

French GP: Race

Every week the Re-Live section gives 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, motogp.com goes back to Le Mans, in France, which staged the fourth round of the MotoGP World Championship in May.

Valentino Rossi set a new circuit record on the final lap of the race to take his third victory from the opening four rounds of season after a thrilling battle with Sete Gibernau. Rossi got a bad start from pole but made his way through the pack from sixth place as his Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards led the way. Rossi caught Edwards by lap nine after passing Loris Capirossi and Nicky Hayden and the pair built a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field.

However, a stunning charge from Gibernau in the second half of the race saw the Spaniard surge from seventh place to third, repeatedly setting the fastest lap of the race and swiftly closing in on the front two. Gibernau's charge sparked Rossi into life and, after both passed Edwards at the same corner on the 21st lap, the pair went head-to-head in a breathtaking finale.

Whilst second place for Gibernau moved him up to third in the championship behind team-mate Marco Melandri, who finished fourth after an intense battle with Max Biaggi, Edwards' first podium for Yamaha moved him up to sixth overall. Hayden and Capirossi eventually dropped to sixth and seventh respectively after their electric starts, with Shinya Nakano taking eighth place ahead of Toni Elías and Troy Bayliss.

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MotoGP, 2005

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