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Classics: Relive three of the best Spanish GPs

Classics: Relive three of the best Spanish GPs

Relive all of the drama from three classic Spanish GPs from Jerez ahead of Gran Premio Red Bull de España.

1996 - Jerez
Mick Doohan entered the 1996 season after having won back-to-back 500cc titles, and as the outstanding favourite to become champion once more. A mixed start to the season had seen him win in Indonesia, but finish fifth and sixth respectively in Malaysia and Japan. Looking to defend his title once more, the Australian needed victory as the series returned to Europe for round four at Jerez to get his championship hopes back on track.  His strongest rival that year would be his Repsol Honda teammate Alex Criville. The Spaniard was looking like the real deal by his third season in the factory squad and had won the last time the premier class had raced in Europe, in Catalunya at the end of the 1995 season.

The scene was set then for an epic showdown between home hero Criville and double world champion Mick Doohan and it didn’t disappoint…

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2005 – Jerez
Valentino Rossi went into the 2005 season having won four premier class titles in a row, hoping to add number five after beating his arch rival Sete Gibernau to the title in 2004. The Spanish GP at Jerez would be the first round of the season that year, with Rossi hoping to make it four wins in a row after securing victory in the last three races of 2004. Gibernau though would have other ideas, as the man who had famously fallen out with Rossi over the incident in Qatar the season before was looking to break the infamous curse the Italian had placed on him to ‘never win a race again’.

Rossi would start from pole with Gibernau second on the gird, and what happened next went down in history as one of the most epics duels ever witnessed in the World Championship!

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2010 – Jerez
Jorge Lorenzo went into the 2010 season - his third in the premier class - a man on a mission. The Spaniard had missed out on the title the year before to his teammate Valentino Rossi, with Rossi also winning the opening race in Qatar after Lorenzo was forced to miss most of preseason through injury. Lorenzo though, was determined to fight back as the series hit Europe; with the Spanish GP at Jerez the second round of the season that year.  

Thing is, it was home favourite Dani Pedrosa who would start from pole, ahead of four world champions in the shape of Lorenzo, Stoner, Rossi and Hayden…

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