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Germany 2005: Rossi edges out Gibernau

Germany 2005: Rossi edges out Gibernau

Germany 2005: Rossi edges out Gibernau

Last year in Germany, Valentino Rossi clinched his eighth win of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship and the 76th of his Grand Prix career on the occasion of his 150th appearance. A mistake by Sete Gibernau on the final lap handed Rossi a crucial advantage that the Italian was unlikely to waste, eventually crossing the line just 0.685 seconds ahead of the Spaniard to extend his advantage to 120 points over Marco Melandri in the championship standings.

In a 30-lap race that was stopped after five laps when John Hopkins crashed his Suzuki and left it stricken in the middle of the track, Gibernau also ousted Colin Edwards from third spot in the championship with his second place before the summer break.

After taking his debut pole position at Laguna Seca three weeks before, Nicky Hayden started from the front of the grid on two occasions at the Sachsenring, having led from pole for the opening five laps until Hopkins' crash. His lead in the second part of the race lasted just one lap before he was passed by both Gibernau and Rossi, although the American fought back bravely in the second half of the race to take second back from Rossi and holding on for seven laps until the Italian launched his late attack. Hayden's second podium of the season was a fitting way to celebrate his 24th birthday.

After three crashes and a front row start Barros ended an eventful weekend with fifth place in the race after conceding fourth to Max Biaggi in a tough battle over the final few laps. Shinya Nakano produced his best performance of the season to take sixth place, crossing the line just 4.557 seconds behind Rossi to provide a welcome boost for Kawasaki after both his team-mates, Alex Hofmann and Olivier Jacque, crashed out in a first-corner collision with Shane Byrne.

Loris Capirossi missed out on the lap record by just 0.003 seconds as he launched a charge in the middle of the race before suffering problems with the left side of his tyre. His time of 1'23.708 was only beaten by Gibernau's best effort of 1'23.705 as he lapped with the lead group on the Ducati before eventually slipping back to ninth place. Makoto Tamada completed the top ten ahead of Kenny Roberts, Toni Elías, Ruben Xaus, Roby Rolfo and Franco Battiani. Troy Bayliss was the only other faller.


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