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Rossi takes breathtaking victory at Sachsenring

Rossi takes breathtaking victory at Sachsenring

Rossi takes breathtaking victory at Sachsenring

Valentino Rossi took a breathtaking victory in today's betandwin.com Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, moving up to second in the overall classification. The Italian led a pack of four of which any rider was in with a chance for the win, the most prominent of whom was compatriot Marco Melandri.

Fortuna Honda's Italian rider, racing with a fractured collarbone, was just unable to hold out on the final lap having cheekily dived through just before.

Repsol Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa fought amongst themselves and the front two for the entire race, taking turns in leading. Fourth placed Pedrosa finished just four hundredths of a second behind Rossi, an indication of just how close the finish really was.

Loris Capirossi headed a trailing twosome of himself and Shinya Nakano, whilst Chris Vermeulen and Sete Gibernau completed a pack of Bridgestone riders. Carlos Checa and John Hopkins rounded off the top ten.

There was heartbreak for Makoto Tamada on lap thirteen, as the Konica Minolta rider was caught up in a crash by Kenny Roberts whilst on flying form, challenging for the top positions in a fearless display. Tamada became entangled in Roberts' bike, but was able to escape without serious injury.

Rossi celebrated in his own inimitable style, donning an Italian football shirt adorned with the name of controversial star Marco Materazzi. He now trails Hayden in the championship by just 26 points, heading into the American's home race at Laguna Seca.

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MotoGP, 2006, betandwin.com MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, RAC

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