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Classics: Relive 3 of the best South American GPs

Classics: Relive 3 of the best South American GPs

Ahead of the Gran Premio de la República Argentina, relive some of the greatest races to take place in South America in recent years.

2002 Rio de Janeiro GP - MotoGP™ race
During the inaugural MotoGP™ season the Rio de Janeiro GP at the Autodromo International Nelson Piquet formed the twelfth round of the year and saw Valentino Rossi dominating the championship. The Italian had won nine out of the 11 races that season, with one second place finish and a sole DNF, to lead the championship by 89 points from Tohru Okawa, with Max Biaggi a further twelve points back.

With 5 races remaining Rossi could lift the title in Brazil if he scored 11 more points than Ukawa as long as he finished ahead of Biaggi, but Biaggi was on pole, with Rossi in second and Ukawa lining up on the grid in 11th. If there wasn’t already enough tension the heavens decided to open ahead of the race, making conditions rather treacherous. Would Rossi overcome the odds to lift his fourth world title?

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2003 Rio de Janeiro GP - 125cc race
Sticking with Brazil, in 2003 the 125cc class was full of future superstars and world champions, and one young Spaniard by the name of Jorge Lorenzo. It was his second season in the world championship, and Lorenzo headed to the Rio de Janeiro GP still looking for his first victory, off the back of equalling his best result of sixth at the race before in Portugal.

Dani Pedrosa was on pole, Lorenzo was fifth, while future MotoGP™ stars such as Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner, Hector Barbera, Marco Simoncelli, Alvaro Bautista and Alex De Angelis lined up on the grid alongside more established riders at the time such as Lucio Cecchinello, Pablo Nieto and Emilio Alzamora. Could Lorenzo pull off the impossible?

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2015 Argentina GP – MotoGP™ race
The 2015 Argentina GP took place at the Termas de Rio Hondo and was the third round of the season in a championship fight that was building up nicely at the time between Rossi, Marquez, Dovizioso and Lorenzo. Rossi had won the opening race in Qatar, but Marquez had bounced back by winning the next GP in Austin, while Dovizioso had been second in both races. Lorenzo on the other hand had been struggling with a fourth and a fifth in the two previous races. This meant Rossi (41pts) led the standings by one point from Dovizioso (40pts) with Marquez in third (36pts) and Lorenzo back in fifth (26pts).

As they lined up on the grid for the race, Marquez started from pole with Lorenzo in fifth and Dovizioso sixth, whilst Rossi was in the middle of the third row in 8th. Who would emerge triumphant? Also, keep an eye out for an excellent battle for the final podium spot…

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