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Catalunya GP: Race

Catalunya GP: Race

Catalunya 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, looks back on the Catalunya GP.

Valentino Rossi took his fourth consecutive win at Catalunya after a flawless performance saw him overcome local hero Sete Gibernau. Just as he had done the previous season, the Spaniard led most of the race but proved unable to prevent a late surge from the reigning World Champion.

As the race got underway, Rossi diced for top position with Gibernau and the Spaniard's Movistar Honda team-mate Marco Melandri, before settling for second behind Gibernau. As the pair escaped from the pack, Melandri battled for third position with Honda factory colleagues Alex Barros and Nicky Hayden.

Rossi made his move with only three laps to go, setting a new lap record on the way to his 47th win in the premier class.

Behind Rossi and Gibernau, Melandri secured his third podium of the season after an all-out battle with Brazilian veteran Barros and an impressive Hayden. Max Biaggi crossed the line in a lonely sixth position, taking the flag some 12 seconds after the winner.

MotoGP, 2006

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