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MotoGPGermanyJuly 31, 2005
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 10
German Grand Prix at Sachsenring

Gibernau and Hayden Run Rossi Close for Win

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A crowd of more than 95,000 sun-baked race fans watched a thrilling race unfold here in eastern Germany. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) won by just 0.685 seconds from Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda RC211V) in second with Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) third.

Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)

Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)

After heavy overnight rain, the race began under clear skies with an ambient temperature of 22 degrees and with the track at 34 degrees. Hayden rocketed into turn one from pole and headed Alex Barros (Camel Honda RC211V) and Rossi into turn two.

Rossi took second place off Barros on lap two and on the next lap Troy Bayliss (Camel Honda RC211V) fell, without injury, at the bottom of the hill. But a more significant crash was when John Hopkins (Suzuki) fell at turn two. He lay prone in the track long enough for the red flags to emerge and stop the race.

As it turned out Hopkins was uninjured but he did not take part in the new 25-lap race that followed with riders taking up grid positions based on their positions during the last full lap before the race was stopped. The front row was therefore Hayden, Rossi, Barros.

Again, Nicky powered away from the grid to head the field into turn one, this time with Rossi in second and Gibernau third. On the next lap it was Rossi in the lead after he edged past Nicky into turn one. Gibernau then overtook the American on the same lap and swept past Rossi at the bottom of the hill to lead.

A group of five riders had now broken away the front. Gibernau, Rossi, Hayden, Barros and Max Biaggi (Repsol Honda RC211V). Shinya Nakano made a brave effort to get near them from sixth. He had the gap down to 0.7 seconds by lap 11, but he dropped back in the final laps.

Gibernau, Rossi and Hayden had now left Barros and Biaggi to their own duel for fourth and were 2.5 seconds ahead of the Honda men as they began their penultimate lap. As they braked into turn one for the final tour of this 3.671km track, Gibernau ran wide and Rossi slipped past to lead.

Hayden could not take advantage of Gibernau’s error and the Spaniard regained his composure to accelerate after Rossi with Hayden right in his wheel tracks. Neither could catch the reigning World Champion over the last hectic lap. But their efforts made this a tough, enthralling contest.

Sete said, “At the end Rossi’s won and that’s all there is to it. Maybe my mistake was meant to be a birthday present for Nicky, but Rossi got it instead. But we gave away a win in what’s been a difficult year. Today the bike was good enough to win if I hadn’t made that mistake. But we move on from here and try to finish the season strongly.”

Nicky was disappointed not to have given himself the best birthday present he could have – a second win of the season. He said, “That was a strange race with the red flag and I didn’t feel quite so good on the bike in the second part. It was really good in the first race, but thanks to the team who worked so hard for me here.”

Max finished fourth and said, “Not so good I’m afraid. I had to start from the third row as I was eighth when the race was stopped. I made it past Barros in the end for fourth – but how can I be satisfied? We are still fighting the same problem we’ve had all season – front-end chatter. We can only finish at the back and that’s very frustrating. But I’ll train hard over the summer and come back fighting as hard as ever.”

Alex Barros was disappointed with fifth place. He said, “I felt I could have gone better. I gave all I could but towards the end of the race I lost grip at the rear and no matter how gently I got on the power it kept sliding and so I lost fourth to Max.”

Marco Melandri (Team Movistar Honda RC211V), who finished seventh, said, “We found a good set-up in the morning warm-up and I was confident for the race. I didn’t want to make a mistake at the start and was cautious, so when the race was stopped I was lying fifth. But in the restart the bike didn’t feel the same and I couldn’t push it hard. I just rode for points in the end.”

Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda RC211V) was tenth. The Japanese said, “That wasn’t good. In the second part of the race I lost feeling and lost grip. It’s not an excuse but we’ve got a lot of small problems to solve and I hope things will be better after the summer break.”

Troy Bayliss had a miserable weekend, struggling in practice and crashing in the race. He said, “Well, there’s bad and there’s bad. I couldn’t do anything right here this weekend. The bike felt good in the warm-up but then I got a bad start in the race and got pushed wide. Then I got sucked into a turn too fast and crashed.”

Rossi now has 236 points at the top of the World Championship table, Marco Melandri lies second with 116, Sete has 115, Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 114 and Max has 113.

Dani Pedrosa (Team Movistar Honda RS250RW) won the 250cc race with an imperious display of talent. Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) was second and Dani’s team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama (Team Movistar Honda RS250RW) was third.

But Dani’s race could so easily have ended in disaster when Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) ran into him on lap four at the final turn. Lorenzo crashed, but damaged Dani’s left-hand exhaust pipe when he clipped the World Champion.

Dani continued regardless and after he’d taken the lead by lap 12 of this 29-lap affair, he set about extending it. He reeled off two fastest laps of the race on laps 15 and 16 and put 1.09 seconds between himself and de Angelis by the next lap. By the end of the race his lead was 7.940 seconds.

The fight for third place was first a two-way battle between Aoyama Andrea Dovizioso (Scot Racing Team Honda RS250RW) until Sebastian Porto (Aprilia) entered the fray in the closing laps. Porto had to settle for fifth, and Aoyama crossed the line a mere tenth of a second ahead of Dovizioso.

“That was a difficult race,” said a relieved Dani. “There was a lot of traffic at first and I was trying to get clear of the group when I felt a push from behind. I just tried to stay on, then I looked back and saw that the bike was damaged. I just tried to get back into a rhythm and stretch out a lead.”

Aoyama said, “My pace was fast at the beginning and so by the end of the race my tyres were really worn. But I’m happy to be going away from here with a podium result. I really enjoyed this race today.”

Dani tops the World Championship points table with 181 points. Casey Stoner (Aprilia), who finished seventh today, has 131, Dovi is third overall with 124.

What promised to be an excellent 125 race was stopped short when Manuel Poggiali crashed on the big downhill section on lap 22. His Gilera machine lay in the middle of the track forcing a premature end to an enthralling race.

With two-thirds race distance already completed, the race order on lap 21 of what was scheduled to be a 30-lap race was declared as the result. So Mika Kallio (KTM) won from Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) in second with Marco Simoncelli (Aprilia) third.

The three were part of a six-rider lead group who were inseparable all race – a full 11 seconds ahead of a second group led by Fabrizio Lai (Kopron Racing World Honda RS125RW) and including Aleix Espargaro (Seedorf Racing Honda RS125R). Lai finished seventh, Espargaro ninth.

Luthi looked well-placed to make a move on Kallio in the final moments of a race finish denied this enthusiastic crowd, but the young Swiss will have to settle for leaving Germany ahead of his rivals in the World Championship points standings instead. Previous leader Mattia Pasini (Aprilia) crashed out of the race on lap nine.

Luthi said, “My plan was to take Kallio on the final lap and I was just waiting for that to happen. The last lap did happen, but too early and by surprise. I’d been following him all race and we had a good, fast rhythm going. But sometimes surprises happen.”

The overall points table now looks like this: Luthi on 119, Kallio on 116, Gabor Talmacsi (KTM) with 113, Simoncelli on 101 and Pasini with 100. There are now seven races left in the 2005 World Championship series.

Marco MELANDRI (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)


Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda MotoGP, 2nd:
“I’m really happy to have been fighting to win again – this should be our natural habitat and I promise it will continue to be so after the holidays. It has been a good weekend and it almost ended with a perfect race, it was just a shame that I made a mistake on the final lap. I got distracted and lost a precious tenth of a second that cost me victory. The important thing is that we are on our way back and this weekend I had fun on the bike once again. I can guarantee that I will win races this season.”

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team, 3rd:
“I really thought I might have something for them at the end of the race but it wasn’t to be. In the last few laps I closed right up on them. I’m not happy about third but I’m happy about what I learned today. I was riding with two of the top guys in the world and I went to school on them for 30 laps. I feel like I learned a lot from them. I told my boys last night that we could be looking at 25 points but it wasn’t to be. They did a great job and got the bike set-up real well. Once you get that taste for winning you just want more. After so long being off the top of the box, Laguna felt so, so good. I just want that feeling back again real bad and soon.”

Max Biaggi, Repsol Honda Team, 4th:
“Well, not so good again I’m afraid. I had to start from the third row as the first race was not so good and I was lying in eighth place when the race was stopped. In the end I made it past Barros and we get fourth place but I am not satisfied, how can I be? We are still fighting with the same problems all season. The front is still jumping and has chatter. It really makes me mad as I know I still have the ability and the motivation to win. At the moment we can only finish on the back and I am very frustrated. I never give up. I will train hard over the next few weeks and will come back after the break at Brno full of spirit for the race and for the rest of the season.”

Alex Barros, Camel Honda, 5th:
“I’m a little bit disappointed with fifth place, obviously, but I feel I did everything I could, getting a pretty good start amongst the front group and pushing without a moment’s respite to try and get in front. What I am unhappy with is that eight laps from the end I began to lose rear grip and whatever I tried, including changing the power delivery to save on the tyres, not only was I unable to get amongst the battle for the podium, but I lost the duel with Max as I tried to control the bike which was sliding so much out of the bends. I didn’t’ give up though, and I tried to hang in there, but I couldn’t do anything. Anyway, I’m fifteen points off second position in the championship now and there are still seven races remaining after the summer break.”

Marco Melandri, Movistar Honda Team MotoGP, 7th:
“We found a good set-up in the warm up and that gave me a real boost ahead of ! the race. I was relaxed at the start and held on to fifth place but I just didn’t feel as comfortable in the second race – I didn’t have the same level of traction. I didn’t want to force the pace because my objective was to finish the race as high as possible. Now it’s time for the holidays, which are always nice, and then we’ll get ready to get back on the podium at Brno.”

Makoto Tamada, Konica Minolta Honda, 10th:
“This hasn’t surely been a great race for me. The setting of the bike was a little better in comparison with this morning, but it still didn’t give me the right confidence to push my bike even more. It is a hard situation because it isn’t simple to understand with precision what doesn’t work. The race had a good rhythm, which before the red flag I could in part maintain. After, the tyres lost a bit of grip and I couldn’t keep going as I was doing before, but this doesn’t have to be an excuse for me. Now I hope that this vacation will help me to find back the best conditions to be ready for the next Grand Prix at the end of August in Brno.”

Troy Bayliss, Camel Honda , crash:
“Damn! When things are going wrong there’s not too much to say except I’m sorry, because the weekend hadn’t been going at all bad until qualifying. We were able to sort out the situation though because in the warm-up I felt good with the bike and the tyres and so I was confident for the race. Then I got caught up in the confusion at the first corner where several riders crashed out and I went really wide, almost stopping. I put my head down and tried to recover, and got good draught off Tamada but as I tried to pass him I went into the corner a bit too hard.”

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 10
German Grand Prix at Sachsenring

1 Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha)
2 Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)
3 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
4 Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)
5 Alex BARROS (Camel Honda)
6 Shinya NAKANO (Kawasaki Racing Team)
7 Marco MELANDRI (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)
8 Colin EDWARDS (Gauloises Yamaha Team)
9 Loris CAPIROSSI (Ducati Marlboro Team)
11 Kenny ROBERTS (Team Suzuki MotoGP)
12 Toni ELIAS (Fortuna Yamaha Team)
13 Ruben XAUS (Fortuna Yamaha Team)
14 Roberto ROLFO (D'Antin MotoGP)
15 Franco BATTAINI (Blata WCM)

Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)
1 Daniel PEDROSA (Telefonica Movistar Honda 250cc)
2 Alex DE ANGELIS (MS Aprilia Italia Corse)
3 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Telefonica Movistar Honda)
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Team Scot)
5 Sebastian PORTO (Aprilia Aspar 250cc)
6 Randy DE PUNIET (Aprilia Aspar 250cc)
7 Casey STONER (Carrera Sunglasses - LCR)
8 Hector BARBERA (Fortuna Honda)
9 Yuki TAKAHASHI (Team Scot)
10 Anthony WEST (Red Bull KTM GP250)
11 Sylvain GUINTOLI (Equipe GP de France - Scrab)
12 Alex DEBON (Wurth Honda BQR)
13 Dirk HEIDOLF (Kiefer-Bos-Castrol Honda)
14 Steve JENKNER (Kiefer-Bos-Castrol Honda)
15 Martin CARDENAS (Aprilia Germany)
1 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM GP125)
2 Thomas LUTHI (Elit Grand Prix)
3 Marco SIMONCELLI ( Race)
4 Gabor TALMACSI (Red Bull KTM GP125)
5 Julian SIMON (Red Bull KTM GP125)
6 Lukas PESEK (Metis Racing Team)
7 Fabrizio LAI (Kopron Racing World)
8 Joan OLIVE ( Race)
9 Aleix ESPARGARO (Seedorf RC3 - Tiempo Holidays)
10 Pablo NIETO (Caja Madrid - Derbi Racing)

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