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Eight years of racing in Valencia

Eight years of racing in Valencia

Having had a brief but exciting stay in the MotoGP World Championship to date, Valencia has been the scene of eight premier class races since the circuits opening for 500cc business in 1999.

Having had a brief but exciting stay in the MotoGP World Championship to date, Valencia has been the scene of eight premier class races since the circuits opening for 500cc business in 1999.

Below is a resume of the spectacular races held at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Spains third city:

1999 French rider Regis Laconi took his first Grand Prix victory in a wet 500cc race on the maiden race at Valencia. Factory Honda rider Tohru Ukawa won the 250cc race, while in the 125cc race there was a first ever victory for Gianluigi Scalvini.

2000 Victory in the 500cc race went once again to the Red Bull Yamaha squad this time the rider was Garry McCoy, taking his third win of the year. The 250cc race was won by Shinya Nakano from his Yamaha team-mate Olivier Jacque. Roberto Locatelli won the 125cc race on his way to taking the world title.

2001 Home rider Sete Gibernau scored his first ever Grand Prix victory in a damp 500cc race, riding a Suzuki. Daijiro Kato won the 250cc race on his way to taking the world title and Manuel Poggiali won one of the closest 125cc races of all time, with just 2.078 seconds covering the top ten riders across the line.

2002 Brazilian veteran Alex Barros won the first race of the MotoGP era to be held at the Valencian circuit, after a race long battle with Valentino Rossi. Less than a quarter of a second separated the duo at the chequered flag. Marco Melandri continued his domination of the 250cc class with his ninth win of 2002, and 17 year-old Dani Pedrosa took his first win on home soil in the 125cc class.

2003 Valentino Rossi took his first win at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, on his last ride on the factory Honda MotoGP bike with which he had taken three World Championships. Randy de Puniet won the 250cc race by less than a tenth of a second from Toni Elias. 18 year-old Casey Stoner scored his first ever race win in the 125cc class, riding an Aprilia.

2004 Valentino Rossi repeated his victory of the previous year this time riding the Yamaha M1. The home crowd had lots to cheer for in the smaller classes, with Dani Pedrosa winning the 250cc race from fellow Spaniard Toni Elias and Hector Barbera taking the victory in the 125cc class.

2005 Marco Melandri won the MotoGP race by less than one tenth of a second from Nicky Hayden. Also on the podium, Valentino Rossi provided plenty of entertainment by coming through to finish third after qualifying down in 15th place on the grid. Dani Pedrosa repeated his victory of the previous year in his last race in the 250cc class. Mika Kallio won the 125cc race, but lost out on the world title by just five points to Thomas Luthi.

2006 Troy Bayliss, standing in for injured Sete Gibernau, won the MotoGP race in front of Ducati team-mate Loris Capirossi in a first ever one-two for the Ducati factory squad. Nicky Hayden filled the final podium place, becoming the final World Champion of the 990cc era after Valentino Rossi crashed on lap five and was unable to finish higher than 13th. Alex de Angelis took his only GP victory in the 250cc race, and current 125cc title contender Hector Faubel won the lower cylinder class race at his home track.

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