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Italy 2005: Rossi heads all-Italian top four

Italy 2005: Rossi heads all-Italian top four

Italy 2005: Rossi heads all-Italian top four

Last year's MotoGP trip to Italy was one of the great moments for home motorsport. Italian riders dominated the premier class, taking the top four positions.

Valentino Rossi extended his lead at the top of the MotoGP World Championship standings to 49 points after a dramatic home victory. As Sete Gibernau sensationally crashed out of the race on the sixth lap to the delight of the 88367 crowd, Rossi came under intense pressure from Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri and Loris Capirossi. All three took turns leading the race before a typical late charge from Rossi that saw him take the flag by 0.359 seconds from Biaggi, with Capirossi holding off an attack from Melandri in the final corner to clinch Ducati's first podium of the season in third place.

Carlos Checa completed an enjoyable home round for Ducati as he clinched fifth place after a race-long battle with Honda's Nicky Hayden, whilst Alex Barros fought his way from the 13th on the grid to take seventh at the flag.

Makoto Tamada returned from injury in style with an impressive eighth place ahead of Colin Edwards just seven weeks after breaking his wrist in Portugal, whilst Shinya Nakano banished the memories of his 300km/h crash here one year ago to clinch the final top ten position. Alex Hofmann also made an encouraging return from his wrist injury to take twelfth behind John Hopkins, with Troy Bayliss, Ruben Xaus and Kenny Roberts completing the points.

MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Valentino Rossi

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