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Rossi wins in Qatar

Rossi wins in Qatar

Rossi wins in Qatar

Valentino Rossi took the win in the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar today, on a hot but windy day at the Losail Circuit.

The seven times World Champion came from seventh on the grid to win at the circuit for the second time in his career, taking the lead from pole-man Casey Stoner on lap ten.

Nicky Hayden briefly led the race, before Rossi took back the lead and put some distance between the two, nearly a second at the end of the race.

Loris Capirossi was once again on the podium, leaving him as the series leader after adding to his win in the opening race of the season. Team-mate Sete Gibernau was fourth, ahead of Casey Stoner. Stoner couldn't quite manage to hold on for a podium place having led for a third of the race.

A fierce battle raged behind the young Australian for sixth. Dani Pedrosa and Marco Melandri involved in a back-and-forth tussle from start to finish, ahead of Toni Elias.

Colin Edwards and Kenny Roberts Jr. rounded off the top ten, whilst the retirees were Randy de Puniet through a crash and both Suzuki riders John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen through mechanical problems.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC

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