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Czech Republic GP: Races

Czech Republic GP: Races

Czech Republic GP: Races

Today´s ReLive section follows on from yesterday´s exciting qualifying sessions in Brno. The 2005 Czech Republic Grands Prix saw plenty of memorable action, which we bring to you through the motoGP channel.

Valentino Rossi inched closer to another MotoGP crown as he scored an impressive victory in the premier class race. Having upped his points tally to 261 points, he had a very real chance of clinching the title in the next round at Motegi.

Sete Gibernau, who started from pole position, took the lead after an intense fight with the World Champion in the opening laps. Rossi regained the lead by mid-race, but the Spaniard counter-attacked with five laps to go. The stalking Rossi made his move on the penultimate lap and quickly escaped, while Gibernau suffered a mechanical breakdown halfway through the last lap.

As a result, Loris Capirossi inherited the second position; the Ducati rider made a strong comeback after a mediocre start from the front row. Max Biaggi Emperor clinched third position, a result which moved him up to second overall, 132 points adrift of Rossi.

Brazilian veteran Alex Barros took fourth ahead of Nicky Hayden and Marco Melandri. Rossi's Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards took the chequered flag in seventh, followed by Carlos Checa and Troy Bayliss, whilst Makoto Tamada completed the top 10.

Defending champion Dani Pedrosa took another step towards his second 250cc title wth his win at Brno ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner.

Pedrosa moved ahead of pole-sitter Lorenzo at the first corner, but both Spaniards were temporarily shadowed by Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoayama. Various incidents saw Hector Barbera and Yuki Takahashi colliding and crashing out, and also Simone Corsi high-siding and forcing Sebastian Porto to run wide on to the grass.

After a tightly packed third lap,the World Champion quickly moved up from 5th to 2nd and then started to increase the pressure on Lorenzo.

Once he passed the Spaniard, Pedrosa pushed hard and posted a new lap record on his way to his sixth victory of the season.

Lorenzo crossed the line 1.3 seconds adrift of his Spanish compatriot, while Stoner relegated de Angelis from third to fourth in the closing stages of the race. Aoyama took fifth less than a tenth of second ahead of 125cc World Champion Andrea Dovizioso.

Thomas Lüthi claimed the second GP win of his career, extending his 125cc Championship lead over title rival Mika Kallio to eight points.

From pole, the Swiss youngster quickly built up a gap at the beginning of the race, before being caught by the chasing pack. A five-rider strong leading group quickly formed, Lüthi being closely followed by Mattia Pasini, Mika Kallio, Lorenzo Zanetti and Marco Simoncelli.

Pasini, Kallio and Lüthi exchanged the lead several times. Light rain made the conditions tricky for the riders in the late stages of the race and Pasini crashed out on the penultimate lap after moving back into third position behind Kallio.

While Lüthi was able to escape his rivals, Simoncelli and Kallio staged an intense tussle for second position, but the Finn eventually held off the challenge of the Aprilia rider on the last lap. Spaniard Sergio Gadea took an impressive fourth after a strong charge from 20th on the grid.

MotoGP, 2006

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