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2004 MotoGP Photo Gallery

2004 MotoGP - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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