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A look back at Jerez 2007

A look back at Jerez 2007

Last season at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España Valentino Rossi ‘bowled over' his rivals to take victory and put himself at the head of the overall classification after round two.

Last season at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España Valentino Rossi ‘bowled over' his rivals to take victory and put himself at the head of the overall classification after round two.

Having finished second behind Casey Stoner at Qatar in round one of the 2007 campaign, the five-time MotoGP World Champion was never troubled in Jerez after passing poleman Dani Pedrosa midway through the opening lap. The Italian ended a five-race winless streak with a masterful display of how to lead a Grand Prix, while Pedrosa ended up second and Rossi's Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards was third.

‘The Doctor' had won at Jerez on four previous occasions, and marked victory number five with a special celebration alongside his fan club. Decked out in skittle costumes, the group fell at Rossi's feet as he gave them an underarm bowl on his parade lap.

Following the race Yamaha's famous number 46 commented: `Our first priority was to get points and I knew that to win I would have to ride at the maximum, but my bike really flew and I was able to have a great race. It feels like a long time since I last won. This is a great feeling and a very special victory for me, especially in Jerez in front of this great crowd.´

Touted beforehand as a battle between Rossi and Pedrosa for dominance at the Spanish circuit, the race never really became a duel between the two riders. As the Fiat Yamaha rider continually upped his race pace, Pedrosa was left with little to do but follow his rival into second.

Though clearly unable to keep up with Rossi, Pedrosa was unfazed by the presence of third placed Edwards, nearly three seconds behind him. For the ‘Texas Tornado' the Spanish GP marked a welcome return to the podium after an assured ride.

Aiming to give the Spanish fans another reason to be happy, Toni Elias was right up there with Rossi's fastest speeds although starting from further down the grid. The exciting Catalan rider finished in fourth after some excellent overtaking, just edging out Stoner who couldn't repeat his Losail dominance. Nonetheless the Australian Ducati rider himself was once again mature in his overtaking choices, and was rewarded with some valuable World Championship points.

Carlos Checa, starting from the front row for the first time since the 2005 Portuguese Grand Prix, rounded off the top six, ahead of reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden. ‘The Kentucky Kid' made a fantastic start, but was unable to get near the leaders and dropped off towards the end of the race. Marco Melandri, Chris Vermeulen and Shinya Nakano completed the top ten.

John Hopkins suffered a crash on lap 16, having just overtaken Hayden, but picked the Suzuki GSV-R800 up to finish the race, albeit in 19th. The brave Anglo-American was once again racing despite pain in his right hand.

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