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Italian GP: Race

Italian GP: Race

Italian 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, looks back on the Italian GP staged at the popular Mugello circuit, back in early June.

Valentino Rossi won the Italian Grand Prix for the fourth consecutive year having emerged victorious after a real Italian affair at the Mugello circuit. The Gauloises Yamaha rider beat compatriots Max Biaggi and Loris Capirossi who completed an all-Italian podium.

After a poor start from pole position, Rossi managed to overtake three riders on the first lap to take back the lead. He briefly conceded first place to an impressive Melandri before the midway point of the race, but the main threat came from old enemy Max Biaggi.

The Repsol Honda rider moved past Rossi and into the lead with six laps to go, but the World Champion struck back on lap 21 and went on to win the race by 0.359s.

Ducati's Loris Capirossi completed an all-Italian podium after an tremendous battle with Melandri, who eventually took the flag in fourth. Carlos Checa finished in fifth, ahead of Nicky Hayden and Alex Barros.

As a result, Rossi increased his championship lead as Melandri retained second overall, some 49 points adrift. Biaggi relegated Sete Gibernau to fourth in the standings with the Spaniard having crashed out on lap six when in fourth position.

MotoGP, 2005

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