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Estoril 2005: Barros returns to winning ways

Estoril 2005: Barros returns to winning ways

Estoril 2005: Barros returns to winning ways

Alex Barros went from pole position to victory to cap a perfect weekend for the Brazilian, having dominated every session of the 2005 Grande Premio de Portugal. In unpredictable cloudy and cool conditions at the Estoril circuit, Barros chased early leader Sete Gibernau over the opening stages before the Spaniard crashed out on the seventeenth lap.

As light drizzle began to fall, the teams prepared the riders' second machines in case they needed to come in and change to wet tyres. However, despite a precarious final three laps and a huge rear slide on the last, Barros held his nerve to clinch his first win in over two years.

Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi did their best to cut down the gap between themselves and Barros in the closing stages, but wisely decided not to take any risks as they sealed podium finishes.

Marco Melandri followed up third place in the opening round at Jerez with fourth place in Estoril after an entertaining battle throughout the race with Colin Edwards. With the American crashing five laps from the end, Carlos Checa took advantage to clinch fifth place on the Ducati after starting from the front row whilst Edwards returned to the track to bring his Yamaha home in sixth.

Nicky Hayden recovered from a bad start to take seventh after crashes for both John Hopkins and Troy Bayliss in that position, with Shinya Nakano and Loris Capirossi also making the top ten.


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