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Rossi hits MotoGP field for six at Mugello

Rossi hits MotoGP field for six at Mugello

Valentino Rossi took his sixth consecutive home victory at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice, sending a message out to the rest of the MotoGP field that they should doubt ‘The Doctor' at their own peril.

Valentino Rossi took his sixth consecutive home victory at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice, sending a message out to the rest of the MotoGP field that they should doubt ‘The Doctor' at their own peril. After a poor start, the five-time MotoGP World Champion moved up into first position on lap eight and never looked back, to take the win and cut the gap between himself and championship leader Casey Stoner to just nine points.

One rider who took off well from the line was Dani Pedrosa, who led the race early on and looked as if he was set to spoil the party atmosphere with three Spanish victories in the day's trio of races. Although he threatened Rossi at the midway point of the race, a series of quick laps from the former champion –coupled with Pedrosa's running slightly wide when attempting to overtake, left him unable to challenge for the lead in the final stages.

Returning to the MotoGP podium for the first time since the 2005 British Grand Prix, Alex Barros rounded off the rostrum positions with a tremendous ride. The Brazilian had the fastest top speed of any rider onboard his satellite Desmosedici GP7, and finally moved up to third ahead of factory rider Casey Stoner on lap 20. Holding on as the young pretender attempted his comeback, Barros gave the Pramac d'Antin Ducati team their first top three finish of the 800cc era and denied the factory team a home podium.

Stoner holds onto his championship lead after finishing fourth, with Toni Elias ultimately failing to take fifth from John Hopkins in the final moments. Outside the top six, Loris Capirossi had a disappointing closing third after having led the race early on. He had beaten Stoner in the first Ducati factory head-to-head on the Mugello straight, but slipped down the order after relinquishing his grip on the top spot.

Chris Vermeulen, Marco Melandri and MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden completed the top ten.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, RAC, Valentino Rossi

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