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Valencia GP : Races

Valencia GP : Races

Valencia GP : Races

In the final installment of the MotoGP Channel's ReLive section, we head to the 2005 season finale in Valencia. With the title already decided, the race for second place was still wide open in the MotoGP category, and riders were looking to end the 17 race series on a high. Today we bring you action all three races at the Spanish circuit.

Marco Melandri clinched his second consecutive MotoGP win, putting on an impressive performance to fend off the challenge of Nicky Hayden and earn the runner-up spot.

Melandri made a good start from second on the grid, while poleman Sete Gibernau slipped back to third. The Spaniard was to end his campaign on a low as his engine blew out on lap three.

Having qualified back in a lowly 15th, World Champion Valentino Rossi made a strong charge, making up seven places on the first lap and challenging Carlos Checa for third five laps later. By mid-race the Yamaha rider was chasing Melandri and Hayden after passing Checa, but only managed to close the gap down to a little less than three seconds.

Ducati Marlboro's Carlos Checa took fourth, crossing the line more than 15 seconds behind Rossi, and was followed home by Honda veterans Alex Barros and Max Biaggi. Loris Capirossi took seventh on his comeback with Ducati having missed the last two races through injury, just ahead of Colin Edwards. Makoto Tamada and Toni Elias completed the final top ten of the season.

250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa, scored his eighth win of the season in the last round of the Championship, repeating his 2004 success in front of his home crowd at Valencia.

Hector Barbera, Jorge Lorenzo and Pedrosa served up an entertaining battle for the lead in the first half of the race. However, Pedrosa was able to pull away after the halfway point as Lorenzo finished in a lonely second.

After a strong start Barbera dropped back and eventually took fifth, while a gritty performance from Casey Stoner saw the Australian take third ahead of Alex de Angelis.

Former 125cc World Champion Andrea Dovizioso finished the season as Rookie of the Year, taking third position in the Championship. The Italian had a difficult race at Valencia having gone off the track on the first lap, but he rejoined and made a steady comeback to cross the line in ninth position.

Thomas Lüthi secured the 125cc World Championship crown in the last race of the season, which saw his title rival Mika Kallio take victory. The Red Bull KTM rider did all he could to beat Lüthi, but the Swiss rider, who only needed three points to take the title, duly obliged.

Lüthi rode a safe race and took the flag in ninth position to clinch his first World Championship crown, having edged out Kallio by just five points in the overall standings.

Poleman Sergio Gadea was fastest off the grid but couldn't maintain his early break as Mattia Pasini put up a fierce challenge. The Italian momentarily relegated Gadea to second, but the Master Aspar rider regained the lead soon after mid-race. The two leaders were then rejoined by KTM riders Mika Kallio and Gabor Talmacsi.

After a brief dice with Kallio, Gadea pulled out a 1.5s gap and seemed on his way to his first Grand Prix win when he crashed out of the lead on lap 19. Pasini then inherited the lead, but the Italian was beaten by Kallio and Talmacsi in a breathtaking finish.

MotoGP, 2006

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