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Turkey GP: Races

Turkey GP: Races

Turkey GP: Races

This week's Re-Live section of the MotoGP Channel takes a trip back in time to last year's Turkish Grand Prix, the inaugral race at the Istanbul Park Circuit. With the title already won by Valentino Rossi, there was still an exciting battle on for the runner-up spot. Today we bring you all the race action from the three MotoGP categories.

In the premier class, Marco Melandri snatched the lead from Sete Gibernau on the first corner and, after briefly conceding his position on lap four, was back in front just two laps later as the Spaniard ran into the gravel and saw his chance of winning his first race of the season disappear. Valentino Rossi recovered from a bad start to pile on the pressure over the final few laps, but Melandri held firm to take the chequered flag with a comfortable advantage of 1.513 seconds.

Nicky Hayden earned his third consecutive podium, whilst Spaniards Carlos Checa and Toni Elias completed the top six.

Casey Stoner scored his fifth 250cc win of the year, having led from start to finish to take victory ahead of World Champion Dani Pedrosa.

The Aussie quickly pulled away from the field as poleman Alex de Angelis battled for second with Hiroshi Aoyama, Andrea Dovizioso and Pedrosa. By lap 14, Pedrosa was back on the tail of Stoner but waited until the very last lap to try to grab the lead. Despite being under pressure, Stoner put in a flawless last lap and ultimately crossed the line less than a tenth of a second ahead of the Spaniard. Behind them the battle for third saw Aoyama and de Angelis going head-to-head in the late stages of the race, but the San Marinese crashed out at the last corner - rejoining to finish seventh - leaving Aoyama to take his fourth podium of the season.

Lorenzo secured fourth after a full-on tussle with Honda factory colleagues Dovizioso and Barbera. Behind de Angelis, Roberto Locatelli and Sylvain Guintoli took eighth and ninth respectively, while Briton Chaz Davies completed the top 10.

In 125cc, Mike di Meglio emerged victorious after a thrilling six-way battle at the Istanbul Park circuit to take his first Grand Prix win, ahead of Mattia Pasini and Tomy Koyama. Meanwhile, Thomas Lüthi took another big step towards the 125cc crown, extending his Championship lead to 23 points after finishing fifth as Finnish title rival Mika Kallio crashed out on the last lap. The Swiss only needed two points from the final race in Valencia to clinch the title.

MotoGP, 2006

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