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Qatar GP: Races

Qatar GP: Races

Qatar GP: Races

Today´s Re-Live section takes you back to the 2005 Qatar Grand Prix, with all three races from the Losail Circuit.

Valentino Rossi added the Losail International Circuit to his long list of Grand Prix conquests with his tenth victory of the season. Rossi passed Marco Melandri with three laps remaining, just two laps after Sete Gibernau had buckled under pressure from his Honda team-mate and run straight into the gravel. The Italian pair rubbed elbows in an intense battle over the last fifteen kilometres of the race, with Melandri making a desperate surge just three corners from the end but running out of track on the exit of the turn and conceding victory to his compatriot.

Nicky Hayden was the only other rider capable of following the intense pace at the front, the American youngster setting a new lap record of 1'57.903, faster than his time in qualifying, to seal the final podium position in third place. Colin Edwards came in a distant fourth but added valuable points to Rossi's tally and secured the Teams' World Championship for Gauloises Yamaha.

Gibernau crossed the line in fifth place, with Carlos Checa. After taking his third consecutive pole position, Checa's team-mate Loris Capirossi was unable to follow up with a third straight win as he struggled to tenth place, despite leading in the early stages.

Just seven days after winning at Sepang, Casey Stoner was back on the top step of the 250cc rostrum. His second consecutive win cutting Dani Pedrosa's Championship lead to 26 points.

Whilst Stoner quickly pulled away at the start of the race, pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo was involved in a thrilling battle for second in the early stages with fellow Honda riders Pedrosa and Dovizioso.

Lorenzo eventually managed to escape and rode a lonely second half of the race in second, taking a podium finish on his comeback to the 250cc class after having served a one-race ban, whilst Pedrosa and Dovizioso fought it out for third.

After fending off the challenge of Sebastian Porto, the Spaniard and the Italian swapped positions several times, with Dovizioso managing to snatch third from the defending World Champion in a last-gasp manoeuvre before the chequered flag.

Behind Porto in fifth, Hiroshi Aoyama took sixth ahead of Honda factory colleagues Hector Barbera and Yuki Takahashi, while privateers Sylvain Guintoli and Taro Sekiguchi completed the top 10.

Gabor Talmacsi took a surprise win at Losail in 125cc, overtaking his Red Bull KTM team-mate Mika Kallio in the final straight. The Finn led most of the race from pole position, closely followed by Talmacsi.

The two KTM riders built up a steady lead over the chasing pack and blazed to the flag unchallenged. Kallio looked set for victory until Talmacsi made his race-winning move to win by just 0.017s.

By mid-race, Marco Simoncelli was able to pull away and ride a lonely race in third to clinch his fifth podium of the year, almost ten seconds behind the two KTM riders.

Behind the Italian there was a tough battle for fourth, eventually won by Mike di Meglio, finishing ahead of Hector Faubel and Thomas Lüthi.

Manuel Poggiali was seventh, ahead of Julian Simon, while Italians Mattia Pasini and Fabrizio Lai completed the top 10.

MotoGP, 2006

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