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2004 MotoGP - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay
More 4-stroke power in this picture than you could handle.
Rossi gets familiarized with the South African locals.
Kurtis Roberts left South Africa with a sore shoulder.
Marco Melandri - Fortuna Yamaha
Max Biaggi was fourth fastest on the Camel Honda.
Carlos Checa - Fortuna Yamaha
Makoto Tamada on the Bridgestone shod Camel Honda RC211V.
Valentino Rossi is still the man to beat in MotoGP.
Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano was 13th fastest on day one.
Kenny Roberts during Friday qualifying.
Rossi hit the ground running at South Africa.
John Hopkins was 11th fastest. That is the best qualifying effort of his career.
Ruben Xaus qualified 16th despite crashing in the afternoon.
Carlos Checa - Fortuna Yamaha
Makoto Tamada - Camel Pramac Honda
Do you think Colin Edwards misses the Cube?
Loris Capirossi - Marlboro Ducati
Kenny Roberts - Suzuki
Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda
Sete Gibernau - Telefonica Movistar Honda
Valentino Rossi - Yamaha
Alex Barros and Capirossi - Welkom.
Colin Edwards and Loris Capirossi battle in South Africa
Valentino nailed the holeshot and left the rest of the field in his dust.
Alex Hofmann (56) leads Abe and Checa (7) in the early stages.
Troy Bayliss - Welkom
Hopkins - Welkom
Rossi holds off Biaggi - Welkom
Tamada - Jerez Qualifying
Nakano - Jerez Qualifying
Rossi - Jerez Qualifying
Roberts - Jerez Qualifying
Rossi - Jerez Qualifying
Carlos Checa - Jerez Qualifying
Colin Edwards during Saturday qualifying
Max Biaggi during Saturday qualifying
John Hopkins may be a bit timid in the wet after Le Mans 2003.
Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden
Telefonica Honda's Sete Gibernau
Team KR's Nobu Aoki during qualifying
Troy Bayliss looked good in the wet
Valentino will start from pole
Yamaha's Val Rossi leads Honda's Alex Barros.
Gibernau celebrates alongside Biaggi and Barros.
Biaggi makes a run
Checa stays in the hunt.
The rain takes a toll.
Nakano fights through the rain.
Rossi gets wet.
Biaggi - Qualifying
Byrne - Qualifying
Capirossi - Qualifying
Gibernau - Qualifying
Edwards - Qualifying
Gibernau battles Checa
Aprilia Girls - Le Mans
Biaggi in pursuit - Le Mans
Carlos Checa finished a season best second - Le Mans
Biaggi gets on the throttle and finishes 3rd - Le Mans
Gibernau - Le Mans
Gibernau tries to hold off Rossi
McWilliams has some trouble - Le Mans
Sete Gibernau, winner - Le Mans
Rossi (46) tries to extend his lead over Sete (15) - Mugello
Rossi gets the win - Mugello
Shane Byrne finished an impressive 10th on the Cube - Mugello
Capirossi lets it all hang out at home - Mugello
Carlos Checa, DNF - Mugello
Colin Edwards, 12th - Mugello
Hopkins - Qualifying
Sete Gibernau is looking good at home - Catalunya
Kurtis Roberts pushes the Team KR V5 during qualifying - Catalunya
Troy Bayliss looked good on the Ducati - Mugello
Loris Capirossi qualified 15th - Catalunya
More love from Aprilia
Max Biaggi finishes 8th at Catalunya.
Shane Byrne missed the top ten by three spots - Catalunya
Carlos Checa claimed a fourth-place finish - Catalunya
Gibernau (15) battle Rossi until the end, but could only manage a second-place finish - Catalunya
John Hopkins (21) leads Hayden - Catalunya
Shinya Nakano rode well to finish in 7th - Catalunya
Gibernau and Rossi gave the fans an exciting finish - Catalunya
Tamada and Biaggi race their Hondas side-by-side - Assen
Rossi edged out Gibernau in the end - Assen
Rossi gives his Yamaha a physical to make sure it's in good working order - Assen
Proton's Kurtis Roberts - Rio
Telefonica Movistar Honda's Colin Edwards - Rio
Telefonica Movistar Honda's Sete Gibernau - Rio
Gauloises Yamaha's Valentino Rossi offered up a rare DNF - Rio
Camel Honda's Makoto Tamada earned his first MotoGP win - Rio
Marlboro Ducati's Loris Capirossi rode the wheels off his Ducati to finish in 4th - Rio
10th place went to Fortuna Yamaha's Carlos Checa - Rio
Ducati's Troy Bayliss looked good on the way to a DNF - Rio
Fuchs Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano finished 9th - Rio
Suzuki's Kenny Roberts finished a fine 6th - Rio
Camel Honda's Max Biaggi - Rio
Max Biaggi led for the majority of the race - Rio
Loris Capirossi eventually made it around Kenny Roberts - Rio
For a while, Roberts held off the mighty Rossi too- Rio
Rossi leads Shinya Nakano during the early stages of the race - Rio
Nicky Hayden rode an excellent race, finishing in 3rd - Rio
Suzuki's Kenny Roberts took advantage of his pole position by leading the first lap and a half - Rio
Alex Hofmann leads Ruben Xaus - Rio
In the end, Makoto Tamada (6) held on for the win over Biaggi and Hayden (69) - Rio
Makoto and Max hose down Nicky Hayden and Sito Pons - Rio
John Hopkins (21) - Suzuki - 9th: 'I’d seen a lot of guys go down and I was in the top ten with nobody close behind me, and the bike was slipping around.' - Sachsenring
Makoto Tamada (6) - Honda - 6th: 'It was a good duel with Colin Edwards - I´d have tried any harder to go past him, for sure I would have ended up crashing out.' – Sachsenring
Marco Melandri high sided and took out Norick Abe in the crash - Sachsenring
Colin Edwards (45) - Honda - 5th: 'I would like to be fighting for the podium but after starting from so far back, fifth place is a good result.' - Sachsenring
Ducati fans let loose the balloons - Sachsenring
Biaggi and Rossi battle for the lead on the first lap - Sachsenring
Nicky Hayden (69) - Honda - 3rd: 'I said last time in Rio I wanted more but Ill take this.' - Sachsenring
Max Biaggi - Winner - 'Even when Valentino passed me I knew I had the right set-up to be able to get back at him as soon as he made a mistake.' - Sachsenring
Valentino Rossi (46) leads Max Biaggi (3) and Alex Barros (4) - Sachsenring
Eventually Biaggi passed Rossi and the rest of his Honda buddies followed him - Sachsenring
Valentino Rossi - Yamaha - 4th: 'Life is always a surprise. Max did really well and this has turned out to be one of Honda’s tracks.' - Sachsenring
Biaggi celebrates the victory with his loyal legion of fans - Sachsenring
Alex Barros - Honda - 2nd: 'The race went very well. I made contact with Sete at the start and lost a few places, then I got it together and went after a win.' - Sachsenring
Max Biaggi (3) - 'My Honda was incredible and this was great time to close the gap in the Championship.'
Biaggi tastes the fruit of his labor - Sachsenring
Loris Capirossi - Donington
Eventually Rossi pulled away and won easily over the Team Movistar Honda duo - Donington
Mad Max Biaggi is in the points chase but a 12th place finish doesnt help his cause - Donington
Early race action had Capirossi in the lead - Donington
Shinya Nakano struggled to finish in the points - Donington
Troy Bayliss battled some traction problems - Donington
Capirossi (65), Rossi (46), and Gibernau (15) battle in the early stages - Donington
Carlos Checa finished 6th - Donington
Fuchs Kawasaki's Alex Hofmann wrings out the ZX-RR - Donington
Valentino Rossi is your winner - Donington
Colin Edwards finished a career best 2nd at Donington
Valentino Rossi celebrates his win with a little smoke - Donington
Alex Hofmann - Czech GP
Valentino Rossi - Czech GP
Carlos Checa - Czech GP
Makoto Tamada - Czech GP
Alex Barros - Czech GP
Colin Edwards during wet qualifying - Czech GP
Sete sticks gives a raspberry to the world - Czech GP
Valentino one-ups Sete - Czech GP
Max Biaggi finished on the podium and keeps the leaders in sight - Czech GP
John Hopkins ran well until his Suzuki developed problems - Czech GP
Sete Gibernau - Czech GP
Carlos Checa managed a 6th place finish - Czech GP
Nicky Hayden chased down and caught Max Biaggi (3) for third place but he crashed out with four laps to go - Czech GP
Colin Edwards (45) rode the wheels of his RC211V but only finished in 7th - Czech GP
Gibernau leads Rossi in the closing stages of the race - Czech GP
Loris Capirossi - Czech GP
Kenny Roberts battles Melandri and Abe - Czech GP
Valentino Rossi haulin ass on the M1 - Czech GP
Gibernau grabbed the holeshot and never looked back - Czech GP
Tamada and Barros celebrate their efforts at Estoril
Valentino Rossi believes a good smoke is best shared with his fans - Estoril
Alex Barros rode his Repsol Honda to a third place finish - Estoril
Telefonica Honda's Colin Edwards was hoping for more than a 9th - Estoril
After the first lap incident, Capirossi chased down everyone, including Nakano (56) on his way to 7th - Estoril
Sete Gibernau finished 4th - Estoril
Gauloises Yamaha's Valentino Rossi takes his sixth win of the year - Estoril
Suzuki's John Hopkins (21) had a career best 6th place finish - Estoril
Marco 'Spider-Man' Melandri (33) was running well but then he crashed and destroyed his M1 theme bike - Estoril
Biaggi crashes oput but Capirossi (65) makes an amazing save - Estoril
Biaggi (3) nails Capirossi on the first lap rather than waiting for a safe place to try a pass - Estoril
Things are about to get interesting about three turns into the race - Estoril
Capirossi (65) pushes his way to the front right off the bat - Estoril
Racing gets underway at Estoril - Estoril
Kenny Roberts jr. prepares to get underway at Estoril
Rossi was the Michelin sandwich between race winner Tamada and third place Nakano, both on Bridgestones - Motegi
Makoto Tamada wheelies his Camel Honda RC211V through the tunnel - Motegi
Rossi (46) tried to hold off Tamada (6) but the Japanese rider was not to be denied - Motegi
Fuchs Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano (56) rode the hell out of his ZX-RR on the way to his first podium for Kawasaki since 1981 - Motegi
The crash - part three - Motegi
The crash - part two - Motegi
The crash - part one - Motegi
Everything looked good at the start. Rossi (46) got the holeshot followed by Hopkins (21) - but things were about to get really ugly - Motegi
Sete Gibernau (middle) celebrates his win with teammate Colin Edwards and fellow Spaniard, Ruben Xaus - Qatar
Sete Gibernau wins the first ever MotoGP at the new Losail circuit - Qatar
d' Antin Ducati's Ruben Xaus finished a career best third - Qatar
Colin Edwards earned his second runner-up finish in 2004 - Qatar
Nicky Hayden (69) battled his way to the front only to crash in the last couple laps - Qatar
Alex Hoffman had his best GP finish thanks to a 9th place - Qatar
Racing gets under way at the Losail track - Qatar
Gauloises Yamaha's Valentino Rossi - Sepang
Nicky Hayden just missed a podium at Sepang with a fourth place finish.
Makoto Tamada ended the day at Sepang in fifth place.
Alex Barros slides the RC211V around at Sepang. Barros ended the day in third place.
Valentino Rossi took a huge step towards the 2004 MotoGP championshp with a win at Sepang.
John Hopkins could only muster a DNF at Sepang.
One week after scoring a poidum, Colin Edwards finished the race in 11th.
Michael Jordan takes a lap on the Ducati Desmosedici GP bike with Gibernau as a guide - Valencia
Garry Taylor makes his final appearance as Suzuki Team Manager - Valencia
Makoto Tamada qualified on pole - Valencia
Colin Edwards wants to hear some noise - Valencia
2004 champ Val Rossi in action - Valencia
John Hopkins will be back with Suzuki for 2005 - Valencia
Aprilia's Jeremy McWilliams - Valencia
Loris Capirossi - Valencia
Thats right Val, no one can catch you, big guy - Valencia
Ducati's Troy Bayliss finished a season best 3rd. He still lost his job once the race was over though - Valencia
Nicky Hayden will have the full force of Honda behind him for the next two seasons - Valencia
The Spanish fans are always great - Valencia
Max Biaggi will not ride for Camel in 2005 - Valencia
Ruben Xaus is the ‘04 MotoGP Rookie of the Year. Too bad he crashed out of the finale, - which also dropped him from 10th to 11th in the championship – Valencia
Valentino Rossi whipped everyone in this race - just like he did all year - Valencia
Your 2004 MotoGP champions: Valentino Rossi (46) is flanked by 250 GP champ, Daniel Pedrosa (1) and 125 GP champ, Andrea Dovisioso.
Valentino Rossi - Catalunya
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