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MotoGPItalyJune 5, 2005
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 5
Italy Grand Prix at Mugello

Max Pushes Rossi All The Way in Italian Thriller

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Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) may have won here at Mugello today, but second-placed Max Biaggi (Repsol Honda RC211V) proved he is back on form with a strong ride in front of 80,000 race fans. Ducati rider Loris Capirossi was third, just ahead of Marco Melandri (Team Movistar Honda RC211V).



Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)


Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)


The 23-lap race got underway with Capirossi getting the advantage from row two of the grid into turn one. The Italian charger was closely followed by Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda RC211V) and his Ducati team-mate Carlos Checa, with Rossi fourth, Max in fifth and Melandri sixth.

By the end of lap one Rossi had hit the front, followed by Gibernau, Capirossi and Melandri. No one was getting too far away and it was clear that this would be a close race. Melandri set a fastest lap in his pursuit of Rossi before Rossi went faster still on lap four in an early bid to lose his pursuers.

Gibernau was slipping back from the lead bunch and as Max went to second place on lap six, Gibernau crashed out of the race. Rossi was in the lead as Max now worked on closing the gap the reigning World Champion had opened out.

By lap eight Max had pared it down from a full two seconds to just less than a second. But it wasn’t Max who went into the lead but Melandri who had stuck with Max as he made his way to the front. Melandri’s stay at the front was short-lived as Rossi snatched the lead back on lap 12.

Melandri slipped back to third as Max made the running in second place. Capirossi had now edged closer to the leading trio and it was clear the Italian was going to be part of the final dispute for rostrum places.

As the closing laps loomed Rossi and Max had established a 1.35 second gap between themselves and Melandri and Capirossi: there were effectively two main fights for places, one for the win, and one for third place and the last step of the podium.

Max led into the final three laps as the Capisrossi/Melandri battle raged behind, then Rossi stole past the Roman to head the pack knowing that Max would have just less than three laps to come back at him for the lead.

Try as Max might, he had no extra speed with which to pass Rossi and at the flag he was 0.359 seconds behind, but he at least had the consolation of setting the fastest lap of the race on lap five of 1min 50.117s. Capirossi just stayed in front of Melandri across the line for third.

A delighted Max said, “Great race. I’m super-happy with the result. We’ve come out from a terrible situation in the best way: stepping onto the podium and, more than everything, fighting for the win. We almost made it. HRC did a very good job and I thank them all: mechanics, suspension guys, tyre people, engineers, and of course, Erv. Thanks to them the bike was working well since Friday practice. Now we must keep this pace up. I’m not thinking about the Championship, I prefer to fight race by race.”

Melandri said, “An incredible race – the best of the season. I pushed to the limit to try to stay with the lead group. And even though I was losing out in the fast sections I could make it up in the slower chicanes. I almost crashed five laps from the end and had to reduce my rhythm. The fight with Capirossi was amazing and I’ll have to be happy with fourth place.”

Gibernau heads to Catalunya next week needing nothing less than a win to stay in touch at the top. He said, “Only a win would do here and I crashed trying to chase the pace. I’m not going to make excuses and I did a bad job here. I can’t explain how we did well all weekend and then did this in the race. I can’t deny that the World Championship is slipping away but I’m not going to throw in the towel.”

Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) finished sixth, equalling his best result of the season so far. He said, “A tough race. I didn’t get the best of starts but when I actually got going we managed some pretty good lap times. I got past a few guys and had a pretty good rhythm going but we were just missing a little something – the bit we needed to get onto the next group. Obviously I’m not thrilled about sixth, but we gave it our best today and we’ll come back fighting in Barcelona next week.”

Alex Barros (Camel Honda RC211V), in seventh, said, “I didn’t have the best start. What I really missed was a good grid slot because with the race rhythm as expected, in the 1’51s, I kept that kind of pace. I’m happy about that but I need to improve in qualifying because if I’d started further forward I would have been fighting for the podium. Anyway, I’m happy that physically I’m okay, after two days of pushing hard here, and that I’m ready for Barcelona.”

Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda RC211V) finished eighth and said, “Today I didn’t start too well and I lost contact with the leaders of the race after only a few laps. I felt well on the bike and the only problem was when getting out of the turns where maybe too soft a set-up penalized me. Next weekend we’ll solve this problem. We’re missing the kilometres we didn’t cover during the last three races and today this was clear.”

Poor Troy Bayliss (Camel Honda RC211V) had a wretched time here at Mugello finishing 13th. The Aussie said, “A really, really difficult weekend. In the race I was unable to make any sort of progress. I finished thirteenth, which isn’t exactly a great position. I took some points but what I really want now is a good result. We have another race this coming Sunday, so we’ll see what happens there.”

The current World Championship points positions show Rossi way out in front on 120 points, Melandri chasing him with 73 points and Max edging ahead of Gibernau on 67 points to the Spaniard’s 53.

Spanish superstar Dani Pedrosa (Team Movistar Honda RS250RW) won the 250cc race from Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) who at 18 years and one month had become the youngest ever rider to qualify on pole on a 250 grid. Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) was third.

Pedrosa dived into turn one ahead of the pack after getting a flying start from the second row of the grid. Andrea Dovizioso (Scot Racing Team Honda RS250RW) was up in second with Randy de Puniet (Aprilia), who eventually crashed out on lap four, holding third.

Just before the half-way point of this 21-lap race, a five rider group had broken clear of the pack; Casey Stoner (Aprilia) in the lead, followed by de Angelis, Pedrosa, Dovi and Lorenzo. But Dovi dropped back on lap nine and then lost touch at the front, eventually finishing eighth.

In the closing stages Lorenzo hit the front for three laps only to be hauled back by Pedrosa on lap 18. Dani held the lead to the flag with Lorenzo just beating de Angelis across the line after elbowing his way past the Italian on the last lap.

After his 10th win in the 250cc class Dani said, “That was a hard race after a hard qualifying session. But we did our best and I’m really happy that this long, hot race is over. I could see that de Angelis had rear tyre problems and that Lorenzo’s engine wasn’t quite as strong as mine, so I was fortunate.”

Lorenzo was delighted with his first 250 podium finish and said, “That was almost a perfect weekend with a pole position and a second place finish. I did my absolute best but just could not make the win. Dani rode a great race and he’s the man to beat in this class at the moment.”

Hector Barbera (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) finished sixth and Hiroshi Aoyama (Team Movistar Honda RS250RW) was seventh.

The World Championship table currently shows Dani in front on 98 points, Dovi holding second with 77 and Stoner in third with 76 points.

KTM rider Gabor Talmacsi won a pulsating 125cc race from Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) by just 0.060 seconds across the line. Joan Olive (Aprilia) was third. It was the Hungarian’s first win, but with series points leader Mika Kallio (KTM) crashing out on the final lap, Luthi now heads the World Championship points table.

Kallio led into turn one with Luthi on his tail and Aprilia riders Marco Simoncelli and Hector Faubel in close pursuit. As early as lap three a five rider group had broken away with Talmacsi as the fifth man.

But Simoncelli crashed out on lap 12 leaving just the front four to fight for the final laps – they were all within a tenth of a second of each other with five laps to go. But as the last lap came around Kallio and Faubel had broken clear and it looked as it the win would be decided between them.

But racing is an unpredictable business and on the final turn on the final lap, Kallio lost control and took out Faubel with him. Talmacsi and Luthi who had been fighting for third were now locked into a fight for victory and Talmacsi got the verdict by the narrowest of margins.

Tomoyoshi Koyama (Ajo Motorsport Honda RS125R) rode a strong race to equal his best result of the season so far for with another fifth. Fabrizio Lai (Kopron Racing World Honda RS125RW) was eighth and Toshihisa Kuzuhara (Angaia Racing Honda RS125R) ninth.

“The race was hard,” said Luthi. “But the result was good because I’m now leading the World Championship. Gabor followed me the whole race, but those last few laps were really fast. Gabor had a good plan on the last lap and I just couldn’t get past him.”

Koyama said, “I’m happy with that result considering my crash in practice yesterday. My back and my arm hurt a bit, but the bike was good. Racing with Pasini I had many slides in the final laps and that was tiring. Maybe if I was not injured I could have done a bit better and maybe even made the podium.”

Luthi has 74 points to Kallio’s 66 with Talmacsi now on 62.





Marco MELANDRI (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)


Makoto TAMADA (KOINICA MINOLTA Honda Team)


Max Biaggi, Repsol Honda Team, 2nd:
“Great race. I’m super happy with the result. We come out from a terrible situation in the best way: stepping on the podium and, more than everything, fighting for the win. We almost made it. HRC Team did a very good job and I thank them all: mechanics, suspensions’ guys, tyre people, engineers and, of course, Erv. Thanks to this job the bike was working well immediately, since Friday practice. Now we must keep this pace. I’m not thinking about the championship, I prefer to fight race by race.”

Marco Melandri, Motivstar Honda MotoGP, 4th:
“That was an incredible race – probably my best of the season. I pushed to the limit from the start to try and stay with the lead group and even though I was losing out a little in the fast sections I was able to make it up in the slower chicanes. I almost crashed five laps from the end and had to lower my rhythm a little. The fight with Capirossi was amazing – I could hear the crowd cheering and I wanted to do my best. We arrived in the final corner together and I am happy with fourth place. I feel good riding on the limit and I hope we can continue improving in Barcelona next week.”

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team, 6th :
“A tough race. I didn’t get the best of starts but when I actually got going we managed some pretty good lap times. I got past a few guys and had a pretty good rhythm going but we were just missing a little something - the bit we needed to get onto the next group. Me and Checa had a good race – I really wanted to beat him but it wasn’t to be. On the positive side it’s the closest I’ve been to the leaders in terms of time all season and by quite some margin so it give the whole team some cause for optimism. Obviously not thrilled about sixth. We gave it our best today and we’ll come back fighting in Barcelona next week.”

Alex Barros, Camel Honda, 7th:
“I didn’t have the best start, well, not a ‘super’ one anyway, it wasn’t too bad. What I really missed was a good grid slot because with the race rhythm as expected, in the 1’51s, I also kept that kind of pace. I’m happy about that but I need to improve in qualifying because if I had have started further forward I would have been fighting for the podium. Anyway, I’m happy that physically I’m okay, after two days of pushing hard here, and that I’m ready for Barcelona.”

Makoto Tamada, Konica Minolta Honda Rider, 8th:
“My ambitions are much different, but due to what happened until this moment I consider my self satisfied to have ended the race, because my right hand has caused me some problems, anyhow the eight place is the same position I finished the first Grand Prix of the season. Today I didn’t start too well and I have lost contact with the leaders of the race after only a few laps. I felt well on the bike and the only problem was when exiting the turns where probably the maybe too soft set up has penalized my performance. During the next weekend we’ll surely solve this problem. We are missing the kilometres we didn’t cover during the last three races and today this fact has clearly emerged.
I want to thank the Konica Minolta Honda Team for the great job done during these three days of work to adapt the bike to my characteristics. I hope I will have the chance to cover as many laps possible in Catalunya.”

Troy Bayliss – Camel Honda, 13th:
“A really, really difficult weekend. In the race I was unable to make any sort of progress. I finished thirteenth, which isn’t exactly a great position. I took some points but what I really want now is a good result. We have another race this coming Sunday, so we’ll see what happens there.”

Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda MotoGP: crash:
“I decided that only a victory would do for me at this Grand Prix and I crashed because I was trying to chase the pace at the front. I’m not going to start looking for excuses – we’ve done a bad job here, myself more than anybody, and that’s it. I can’t explain why we can do such a good job all weekend and then not come out with the result in the race because we are capable of being competitive. I can’t deny that the championship is slipping away from me already but I’m not going to throw the towel in. I just want to win as many races as possible and not think any further than that. I’d like Catalunya to be a turning point.”


MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 5
Italy Grand Prix at Mugello


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MotoGP
1 Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha)
2 Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)
3 Loris CAPIROSSI (Ducati Marlboro Team)
4 Marco MELANDRI (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)
5 Carlos Checa (Ducati Marlboro Team)
6 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
7 Alex BARROS (Camel Honda)
8 Makoto TAMADA (KOINICA MINOLTA Honda Team)
9 Colin EDWARDS (Gauloises Yamaha Team)
10 Shinya NAKANO (Kawasaki Racing Team)
11 John HOPKINS (Team Suzuki MotoGP)
12 Alex HOFMAN (Kawasaki Racing Team)
13 Troy BAYLISS (Camel Honda)
14 Ruben XAUS (Fortuna Yamaha Team)
15 Kenny ROBERTS (Team Suzuki MotoGP)



Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)
250cc
1 Daniel PEDROSA (Telefonica Movistar Honda 250cc)
2 Jorge LORENZO (Fortuna Honda)
3 Alex DE ANGELIS (MS Aprilia Italia Corse)
4 Casey STONER (Carrera Sunglasses - LCR)
5 Sebastian PORTO (Aprilia Aspar 250cc)
6 Hector BARBERA (Fortuna Honda)
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Telefonica Movistar Honda 250cc)
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Team Scot)
9 Simone CORSI (MS Aprilia Italia Corse)
10 Chaz DAVIES (Aprilia Germany)
 
125cc
1 Gabor TALMACSI (Red Bull KTM GP125)
2 Thomas LUTHI (Elit Grand Prix)
3 Joan OLIVE (Nocable.it Race)
4 Mattia PASINI (Totti Top Sport - NGS)
5 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA (Ajo Motorsport)
6 Manuel POGGIALI (Metis Racing Team)
7 Julian SIMON (Red Bull KTM GP125)
8 Fabrizio LAI (Kopron Racing World)
9 Toshihisa KUZUHARA (Angaia Racing)
10 Alexis MASBOU (Ajo Motorsport)
 

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