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2005 MotoGP Photo Gallery

2005 MotoGP - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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Konica Minolta Honda's Makoto Tamada - Jerez
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Carlos Checa (7) leads his Ducati teammate Loris Capirossi (65) - Jerez
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Suzuki's Kenny Roberts trails the field after the start - Jerez
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Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano was 5th - Jerez
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Gauloises Yamaha's Colin Edwards struggled to a 9th place finish - Jerez
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Camel Honda's Alex Barros rode well and finished 4th - Jerez
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Fortuna Yamaha's Tony Elias (24) leads Suzuki's Kenny Roberts - Jerez
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Yamaha's Valentino Rossi (46) leads Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden (69) - Jerez
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi (65) holds off a gaggle of riders - Jerez
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Kawasaki's Alex Hofmann (66) battles Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi - Jerez
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Suzuki's Kenny Roberts hard on the brakes - he eventually DNFed - Jerez
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden was secure in third place but he crashed out right at the end - Jerez
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Telefonica MoviStar Honda's Sete Gibernau led Rossi (46) nearly the whole race - Jerez
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Yamaha's Valentino Rossi was determined to overtake Gibernau - Jerez
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Camel Honda's Troy Bayliss settled into a nice 6th place finish - Jerez
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On the last lap, Rossi (46) punted race-leader Gibernau (15) off the track on the last turn and stole the win - Jerez
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Gauloises Yamaha's Valentino Rossi is pumped about taking the win - Jerez
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Race winner Valentino Rossi swills some bubbly on the podium - Jerez
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Camel Honda's Alex Barros finished atop all the practice sessions, took pole and set the fast lap on the way to victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
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Valentino Rossi passed Biaggi on lap 4 then slipped into second place after Sete fell - Estoril
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Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi finished 3rd on his number two machine after having problems with his number one bike - Estoril
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Camel Honda's ALex Barros wellon his way to victory - Estoril
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4th went to MoviStar Honda's Marco Melandri (33) bested Colin Edwards (5) - Estoril
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Ducati's Carlos Checa (7) finished 5th. Here he is battling with Hayden (69) and Bayliss (12) - Estoril
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Suzuki's Kenny Roberts rode well but finished 12th - Estoril
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MoviStar Honda's Sete Gibernau led the majority of the race but crashed out in the waning moments - Estoril
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Nicky Hayden is starting to struggle with the RC211V. He finished 7th - Estoril
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Colin Edwards crashed out of fourth place but remounted and still finished 6th - Top American - Estoril
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi struggled with pain to finish in 9th - Estoril
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Max Biaggi: Someone has certainly said that today Max Biaggi is there. Let me tell you: Max Biaggi has always been there.
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Suzuki's John Hopkins crashed while running in the top five - Estoril
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Fortuna Yamaha's Ruben Xaus rounded out the top 10 - Estoril
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Rossi wonders were's the presure as he leads Biaggi - Estoril
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Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano was 8th - Estoril
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Camel Honda's Alex Barros is pumped up over his first win of the season - Estoril
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Valentino Rossi celebrates winning the wet Shanghai GP in China.
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Olivier Jacque made the best of his first ride with Kawasaki by finishing second in China.
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Rossi and the rest of the pack chases Hopkins early on - China
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vd Goorbergh replaced the injured Makoto Tamada and finished 6th - China
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden struggled to a 9th - China
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Yamaha's Colin Edwards was 8th - China
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi finished 12th - China
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Suzuki's John Hopkins actually led for a while - China
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Fortuna Yamaha's Toni Elias (24) is right in the thick of it at the start - China
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Marco Melandri came on strong at the end and finished 3rd - China
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Alex Barros languished to an 11th place finish - China
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Race-winner Valentino Rossi (46) congratulates Olivier Jacque (19) on his runner-up finish in his first race in three years - China
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi ran near the front in the early going - Le Mans
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Team Kawasaki in action - Le Mans
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Suzuki MotoGP rider John Hopkins - Le Mans
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Gauloises Yamaha's Colin Edwards - Le Mans
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Camel Honda's Alex Barros - Le Mans
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Defending series Champion Valentino Rossi - Le Mans
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Colin Edwards leads his teammate Valentino Rossi during mid-race action at Le Mans
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Yamaha's Valentino Rossi - Mugello
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Ducati's Carlos Checa - Mugello
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Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi - Mugello
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Yamaha's Colin Edwards - Mugello
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Honda pilots Nicky Hayden and Makoto Tamada on a scenic tour of Italy - Mugello
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Movi Star Honda's Sete Gibernau - Mugello
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi says his Ducati was extra-fast here - Mugello
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden - Mugello
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Marco Melandri was impressive at Mugello.
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Alex Barros (4) leads his Camel honda teammate Troy Bayliss (12) at Catalunya
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Suzuki MotoGP rider John Hopkins did not finish the race - Catalunya
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Ducati Marlboro's Carlos Checa with a group in the turns - Catalunya
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Ducati Marlboro's Carlos Checa - Catalunya
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Ducati Marlboro's Carlos Checa finished 11th - Catalunya
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Suzuki factory teammates Hopkins and Roberts in the corner with Fortuna Yamaha's Xaus - Catalunya
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Team Suzuki's Kenny Roberts Jr. finished 15th snagging the final championship point - Catalunya
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Roberts and Bayliss in action - Catalunya
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Honda Camel's Troy Bayliss placed eighth - Catalunya
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Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi placed sixth and stand third overall in points - Catalunya
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Fortuna Yamaha's Toni Elias - Catalunya
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Fortuna Yamaha's Reuben Xaus rounded out the top ten - Catalunya
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Gauloises Yamaha's Colin Edwards placed seventh - Catalunya
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Movistar Honda's Sete Gibernau finished second behind Rossi - Catalunya
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Gaulioses Yamaha's Valentino Rossi celebrates his victory and record-setting pace - Catalunya
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Gaulioses Yamaha's Rossi leads the pack - Catalunya
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden - Catalunya
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden finished 5th but did win the Today Show's dating game a week later so its kind of a wash - Catalunya
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Movistar Honda's Marco Melandri is leading Rossi in this turn but that would not last and ended in third - Catalunya
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Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano finished Catalunya in ninth, he also stands ninth in points with 40 - Catalunya
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Telefonica Movistar Honda's Daniel Pedrosa topped the 250 class - Catalunya
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Marlboro Ducati's Loris Capirossi rounded out the top ten - Assen
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Makoto Tamada in his Batman Begins gear - Assen
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Valentino Rossi's victory makes five in a row - Assen
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Kawasaki pilot Alex Hofmann wound up the day with a DNF - Assen
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Camel Honda's Alex Barros finished 7th and stands 5th in championship points - Assen
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Although overshadowed by teammate Rossi, Gauloises Yamaha's Colin Edwards finished a solid third and stand 6th in championship points - Misano
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Suzuki's Kenny Roberts will head into Laguna on the heels of a disappointing 16th place finish - Assen
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Hey Byrne, family orders clearly state there will be no passing KRJR in a race - Assen
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Capirossi lets it all hang out chasing down Checa - Assen
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden rode to a lonely fourth place finish - Assen
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Kawasaki's Alex Hofmann tries his best to hold his position - he would DNF - Assen
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On lap 10, Rossi (46) made his way to the front and pretty much checked out - Assen
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Behind the leaders, Suzuki's John Hopkins (21) was dicing it out with Camel Honda's Troy Bayliss - Assen
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Melandri held onto the lead for as long as he could - Assen
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There were a half dozen riders in the lead group for a while - Assen
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Movistar Honda's Sete Gibernau celebrated the start of his 150th career Grand Prix - Assen
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Nicky Hayden set a blistering pace during the first day of practice at Laguna Seca on Friday.
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Rossi struggled on the first day of practice and failed to crack the 1:25.000 mark - Laguna Seca
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Max Biaggi was on the gas during the first two practice sessions on Friday - Laguna Seca
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Troy Bayliss was second quickest on Friday, but his day ended with a crash - Laguna Seca
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Colin Edwards was strong in the first free practice but dropped down in the second session - Laguna Seca
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Nick was quick on the first day of practice - Laguna Seca
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Valentino Rossi finally found a good line around Laguna Seca during qualifying.
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Edwards bombs through the corkscrew. - Laguna Seca
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Many of the MotoGP riders had trouble keeping the front end down. - Laguna Seca
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Troy Bayliss was definitely one of the fastest riders on the day. - Laguna Seca
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Hopper didn't make the front row, but he was on the gas. - Laguna Seca
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Nicky lofts the winner's trophy high above his head on the Laguna Seca podium.
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Nicky soaked up the champagne and the moment at Mazda Racway in Monterey on Sunday.
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Alex Barros - Donington
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Kenny Roberts jr. - Donington
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Valentino Rossi - Donington
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Troy Bayliss - Donington
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Colin Edwards - Donington
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Valentino Rossi (46) on his way to victory - Donington
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Kenny Roberts (10) leads Valentino Rossi (46) and Alex Barros - Donington
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250 ace Daniel Pedrosa faltered, at least by his standards, to finish off of the podium with 4th place - Donington
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Alas, Nicky fell to earth after his dream weekend at Laguna Seca to crash out of the race - Donington
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Camel Honda's Alex Barros grabbed the final podium spot on his 250th career grand prix race - Donington
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Italian and Marlboro Ducati rider Loris Capirossi knows a thing or two about fashion - everything goes in cycles - bringing back the boy scout poncho - Donington
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Suzuki's Kenny Roberts Jr came out of nowhere for second, on a wet track and a hazardous day of racing. Is he leading Rossi! - Donington
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Valentino Rossi, singin' in the rain, just singin' in the rain, what a glorius feeling... - Donington
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Fortuna Yamaha rider Tony Elias finished 9th due to the fact that he kept his bike on two wheels - Donington
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Camel Honda's Troy Bayliss was one of the many riders who DNF - Sachsenring
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Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi - Sachsenring
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Movistar Honda's Marco Melandri - Sachsenring
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden led the first segment of the race before a crash and restart from which he couldn't regain his rhythm - Sachsenring
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Will 250 star Daniel Pedrosa become Honda's challenge to Rossi next year? - Sachsenring
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Movistar Honda's Sete Giberneau leads Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden - Sachsenring
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden carries the hopes of American fans, recovering from a DNF at Donington to another podium visit - Sachsenring
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The Doctor's dominance is becoming unprecedented - Sachsenring
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The MotoGP podium - Sachsenring
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German Reuben Xaus with his native countryside in the background - Sachsenring
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The other Gaulioses Yamaha pilot, Colin Edwards finished 9th - Sachsenring
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Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano placed 6th while teammate Alex Hofmann DNF - Sachsenring
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Ducati rider Loris Capirossi cracked into the top ten with a 9th place finish - Sachsenring
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Kenny Roberts Jr. was the only Suzuki rider to finish the race and he ended up in 11th - Sachsenring
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Hey Val, ranking yourself in the top 100 racers right now where would you say you rank? - Sachsenring
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Shayne Byrne and the TeamKR program have been abandoned by KTM in the middle of the 2005 season.
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi at Brno
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Rossi at Brno Practice
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Ken Roberts Jr. practicing at Brno.
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Sete Giberneau at Brno
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Race winner Valentino Rossi celebrates with runner-up Loris Capirossi and Max Biaggi - Brno
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi rode a great race to finish second - Brno
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden - Brno
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Alex Barros - Brno
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Movistar Honda's Marco Melandri - Brno
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Colin Edwards - Brno
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Fortuna Yamaha's Reuben Xaus - Brno
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Ducati's Carlos Checa - Brno
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Hopkins made some noise this week and is optimistic about his future with Suzuki and the development of the GSV-R - Motegi
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It was a rare crash for Rossi, and delays his inevitable coronation as World Champion for at least one more week - Motegi
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Capirossi was at or near the top all weekend, finishing as the leader of the pack - Motegi
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Alex Hofmann was another of the DNFs. His was the result of a crash, which left him in the hospital for observation - Motegi
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Capirossi was the bigger story for Ducati, but it should be noted that Carlos Checa raced to a well-deserved fourth place finish - Motegi
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It was a bad week for Honda, with four out of seven riders ending up with a DNF, including Alex Barros - Motegi
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Konica Minolta Honda's Makoto Tamada grabbed a spot on the podium with third place - Motegi
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Nicky didn't crash out, but he didn't make a very impressive showing, admitting that "things never really clicked here from the moment I got off the plane really" - Motegi
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Sete Giberneau was one of the many to DNF, crashing about midway throught the race on Lap 12 - Motegi
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John Hopkins had a confidence boosting performance at Motegi, running the fastest lap in practice, the second fastest in qualifying, and claiming a top-five finish - Motegi
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It was a frustrating week for the Kawasaki team with Shinya Nakano having mechanical problems which cause him to retire from the race - Motegi
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Edwards spend the weekend trying to recover the confidence he lost after a crash in Friday morning's practice session, finishing in sixth - Motegi
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Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi stands second in points, although there is still a mammoth gap separating himself and Rossi - Motegi
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Rossi managed to move up quick after starting in 11th but tangled with Melandri on Lap 13 resulting in a DNF - Motegi
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Movistar Honda's Marco Melandri got the worse of things when he and Rossi went down, suffering a deep cut to his right foot - Motegi
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Capirossi was able to edge out Biaggi for the victory - Motegi
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Suzuki's Kenny Roberts Jr. - Sepang
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi - Sepang
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Movistar Honda's Sete Gibernau - Sepang
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But for a few laps midrace, Capirossi led from start to finish, his only serious challenge courtesy of Rossi - Sepang
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The MotoGP G.O.A.T.? - Sepang
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Rossi, Capirossi, and Checa celebrate thier podium finishes - Sepang
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Rossi is the seventh dwarf, posing with the other six which repesent his other world championships - Sepang
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Suzuki's John Hopkins had a great week in qualifying but slipped to ninth on raceday - Sepang
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Shane Byrne got a chance to race Troy Bayliss' Camel Honda mount to a 14th place finish - Sepang
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Rossi's closest rival was Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi, who rose from a horrid qualifying performance to sixth - Sepang
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Nicky hung tough, after a bump from Gibernau, to finish just off of the podium at fourth - Sepang
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Marco Melandri's fifth place finish was gutsy considering his 35-stitch wound in his right foot - Sepang
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Capirossi may have won the race, but the day belonged to the Doctor and his world championship victory - Sepang
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Nicky couldn't hold off Capirossi teammate Carlos Checa who snuck by for the final podium position - Sepang
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The race was a mad dash with Capirossi making the turn with a clear lead - Sepang
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Sete Gibernau affected the races of no less than three other riders, forcing Checa wide in the first turn, bumping Hayden, and crashing out Nakano on Lap 3 - Sepang
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Fortuna Yamaha's Toni Elias - Qatar
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MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi - Qatar
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Shane Byrne - Qatar
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Suzuki's John Hopkins runs off the track - Qatar
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Marlboro Ducati's Carlos Checa - Qatar
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Fortuna Yamaha's Ruben Xaus - Qatar
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Minolta Honda's Makoto Tamada - Qatar
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Gauloises Yamaha's Colin Edwards - Qatar
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Suzuki's Kenny Roberts - Qatar
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Gauloises Yamaha's Valentino Rossi - Qatar
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Marlboro Ducati's Loris Capirossi - Qatar
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Camel Honda's Alex Barros - Qatar
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Kawasaki's Olivier Jacque - Phillip Island
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Suzuki's John Hopkins - Phillip Island
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Gauloises Yamaha's Valentino Rossi - Phillip Island
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Valentino Rossi (46) leads Nicky Hayden (69) Marco Melandri (33) and Carlos Checa at Phillip Island
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Marco Melandri pushed hard but just missed the podium at 4th - Phillip Island
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Gibernau finished a race for once, and in the top five no less - Phillip Island
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Makoto Tamada just missed 7th when Nakano edged him out - Phillip Island
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Pedrosa wrapped up the 250 championship, perhaps his final in the 250 ranks - Phillip Island
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Fresh off of a second place overall in the World Superbike championship, Chris Vermeulen is trying his hand at MotoGP and raced to an 11th place finish - Phillip Island
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Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi tallied a DNF, loosing his hold of second overall to Melandri and Hayden - Phillip Island
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Rossi still races to win, even without a threat at the championship - Phillip Island
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Rossi edged out Nicky for his 11th win of the year - Phillip Island
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Carlos Checa rode his way onto the podium buy edging out Marco Melandri for third - Phillip Island
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Colin Edwards hung in for a 6th place finish, eight championship points behind Hayden and Melandri who are tied for second place - Phillip Island
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Nicky and Rossi battled back and forth for the win - Phillip Island
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Marco Melandri snagged his first career victory in the MotoGP ranks, and was the better rider at least for one day - Istanbul
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Nicky didn't win, but he is showing that podiums can be the rule rather than the exception - Istanbul
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It was another week of frustration for Sete Gibernau. He practiced well, won the pole position, and was battling Melandri for the lead before running off into the gravel and never regaining past fourth - Istanbul
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Honda's fastest riders during the week were Melandri, Gibernau, and Hayden. They made up the top three in practice and qualifying, but Gibernau faltered on raceday to fourth - Istanbul
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Carlos Checa carries Ducati's hopes now that Capirossi is injured. He grabbed a top 5 finish - Istanbul
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Subbing for Loris Capirossi was Ducati's first ever Japanese rider Shinichi Ito. He had a rough day, jumping the gun on the start and then getting the black flag for not taking a 1 lap penalty pit stop - Istanbul
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Colin Edwards logged another so-so seventh. Still, he stands fourth in overall points with 171 - Istanbul
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It was a disappointing week for Suzuki's John Hopkins. Battling a cold all week and a qualifying crash that left his confidence shaken, he finished 14th - Istanbul
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Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano finished in 10th and rides with the reassurance of a recent extension with Kawasaki through 2006 - Istanbul
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The second-place finish makes 15 podiums out of 16 races. Rossi rides in his own class - Istanbul
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Valentino Rossi in the red, white, and black Yamaha vintage colors - Valencia
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The Istanbul victory now puts Melandri nine points ahead of Hayden in the chase for second-best in championship points at 195 to 186, but more important it puts the 23-year old on the top spot of the MotoGP podium for the first time ever.
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In probably his final ride for Ducati Carlos Checa - Valencia
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Loris Capirossi makes his return to racing action from injuries sustained in a crash during practice at Phillip Island - Valencia
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Nicky Hayden - Valencia
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Sete Gibernau - Valencia
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Marco Melandri (33) and Nicky Hayden (69) battle for the win - Valencia
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Elias (240 and Hofmann (66) are on the gas - Valencia
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Ruben Xaus - Valencia
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Colin Edwards - Valencia
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Ryuichi (54) leads Tamada (6) - Valencia.
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Both Max Biaggi (3) and ALex Barros (4) rode their last race in MotoGP at Valencia.
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Loris Capirossi (65) holds off ALex Barros (4) - Valencia.
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John Hopkins (21) leads Alex Hofmann (66) - Valencia.
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Shinya Nakano (56) and Toni Elias (24) jockey for position - Valencia.
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Valentino Rossi (46) battles Carlos Checa (7) - Valencia.
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Nicky Hayden and Marco Melandri celebrate on the podium at Valencia.