2004 MotoGP Phillip Island Results

October 17, 2004
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

Gauloises Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi came out on top of a race long battle with rival Sete Gibernau to not only win the race but his fourth consecutive championship in MotoGP. This championship must certainly be sweet for Yamaha after playing bridesmaid to Honda for the first years of MotoGP – plus it solidifies Rossi as one of the most prolific riders of our era.
Thats right Val  no one can catch you  big guy - Valencia
Valentino’s win at Phillip Island secures the first title in the premier class for Yamaha since 1992. In the process, Rossi has won more races in one season than any Yamaha rider in history.

“Today was a fantastic finish to a fantastic championship,” explained Rossi. “This track is great and today there was a hard battle until the last lap. In some parts I was faster than Gibernau and some other places slower. I was sure of my feeling on the bike though. I made a bit of a bad start but wanted to stick with Sete. I managed to pass him early on in the race but he came back, and then at the end it became a great battle again. The last lap was a lot of fun for everybody watching it. I want to say thanks to everyone who has worked so hard, to Yamaha and all my team. It was fantastic, thank you. I think this year has been my best championship winning year.”

Behind Sete and Val was Marlboro Ducati’s Loris Capirossi followed by Telefonica Movistar Honda’s Colin Edwards (Who announced he will join newly crowned world champion Valentino Rossi on the Yamaha M1 for the next two seasons).

“This is like a dream come true for us all,” said Davide Brivido, Yamaha Team Director. “Like a movie with the best-ever storyline. If we wrote a script it could not have been better or more exciting. It was a hard job for all our engineers and Yamaha took a big risk supporting Valentino in this challenge. This was also a big motivation for everyone and our engineers were obviously just waiting for the opportunity to show what they can do.”

Phillip Island Results:
1. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
2. Sete Gibernau (Honda)
3. Loris Capirossi (Ducati)
4. Colin Edwards (Honda)
5. Alex Barros (Honda)
6. Nicky Hayden (Honda)
7. Max Biaggi (Honda)
8. Makota Tamada (Honda)
9. Troy Bayliss (Ducati)
10. Carlos Checa (Yamaha)

250 MotoGP Results:
1. Sebastien Porto (Aprilia)
2. Alex de Angeles (Aprilia)
3. Manuel Poggiali (Aprilia)
4. Daniel Pedrosa (Honda)
5. Toni Elias (Honda)
6. Chaz Davies (Aprilia)
7. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
9. Johan Stigefelt (Aprilia)
10. Roberto Rolfo (Honda)

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