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MotoGPCzech RepublicAugust 28, 2005
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 11
Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno

Gibernau and Rossi Do Battle in Brno Thriller

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Luckless Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda RC211V) endured a frustrating afternoon when he suffered a fuel management system problem on the final lap while challenging eventual race winner Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) for the lead. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) finished second while Max Biaggi (Repsol Honda RC211V) was third.



Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)


Alex BARROS (Camel Honda)


The race got under way under cooler conditions than have been usual this weekend, with a track temperature of 23 degrees and an ambient of 20 degrees. Pole-sitter Gibernau led from the lights into turn one with Rossi and early front-runner Marco Melandri (Team Movistar Honda RC211V) right up with him.

Rossi grabbed the lead and headed the pack across the line for lap two with Gibernau tucked in behind him, Melandri holding onto them with Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) in close pursuit of the trio, and Capirossi getting on terms in fifth.

Gibernau recorded an early fastest lap of the race as he worked on staying close to Rossi and the leading pair had soon pulled out a noticeable gap on their pursuers by the start of the third lap. They would remain locked together at the front for the rest of the race barring the final lap.

Behind the lead duo, the action was gripping as first Melandri then Hayden tried to get on terms with the leaders. Then by mid-race it was Alex Barros (Camel Honda RC211V) who had powered his way to third with Hayden fourth and Capirossi fifth.

Max, who had seemingly ruled himself out the results here with a desultory qualifying performance, was on a charge; the set-up problems he had encountered on qualifying rubber lessened in their effects by less grippy Michelin race tyres he chose. He had started from the fourth row of the grid.

As the closing laps drew on, it became clear that Barros did not have the pace to get near the Gibernau/Rossi battle, but Capirossi did and the diminutive Italian gave it everything to try to spoil the party at the front. But, while Gibernau tried to stretch Rossi, Capirossi’s efforts proved in vain.

Gibernau led the closing laps until the final turn on the penultimate lap when Rossi seized his chance to rob the Spaniard of victory. While Rossi led across the line for the final time Max had ambushed Hayden and Barros for fourth place.

But as Gibernau stalked Rossi down the dips of the first section of this 5.403km track, the vast crowd was ready for a repeat of the scintillating last lap duels between these two gladiators that have set the season alight. It was not to be - Gibernau slowed with just as he was ready to set about Rossi.

Capirossi inherited second place as he passed the stricken Gibernau while Rossi learned of his fierce rival’s plight only after he had returned to the parc fermé post race. Max was delighted to take a third podium finish so far in what has proved a troubled season.

Sete said, “Another negative day after a weekend in which we have done a great job during qualifying. This morning we had a good rhythm in the warm up with some low 1m 58s, a pace I knew would allow me to fight for the win. In the race I wasn’t able to set the same pace and that was the main problem. Then a fuel problem prevented me from finishing the race, which topped it off. I’m really disappointed because once again I gave it everything I had and it’s a shame to end the race in this way.”

Max said, “That is an amazing result and one that makes me very happy for both myself and for all my team. It has been a very hard weekend and I knew that the race would be difficult from the fourth row. We made the best possible result from our position and I hope this is the start of the more positive part of the season for me. For sure it has not been easy so far. We test here for the next two days and I am very much looking forward to the next races with renewed confidence.”

Alex was disappointed with fourth and said, “On the last lap I would have been able to challenge for the podium, Sete stopped right in front of me, and I had to close the throttle too. However that’s the way it went, we need to think about the next objective, Motegi, and try to make the most of tomorrow’s test to improve our staying power, because in everything else both the Michelins and the bike are perfect.”

Nicky, in fifth, said, “The pace was so fast up front but that’s what you get with the best riders in the world. They dropped the hammer at the start and just went. I tried my hardest to make my boys proud but it didn’t happen this weekend. It was all good experience and I’m happy to be testing here tomorrow because we’re going to have to be in good shape for the rest of the season.”

Marco said of his sixth place, “This morning we made a few changes to the bike and I set a good pace that gave me confidence for the race. I got a good start and forced my way into the lead group but over the first few laps I started to lose traction. I pushed my rhythm to try and stay near the front but I really punished the front tyre. From there on I just tried to finish the race. The two days of tests will be really important ahead of Motegi”.

Troy Bayliss (Camel Honda RC211V) said, “Things pretty much went as I expected today. I honestly don’t know what I have to do to go as fast as the front group, because I’m not saving myself, both in practice and the race I’m giving my all, just as my team do too. It felt like I didn’t have grip on the front and so staying ahead of Tamada, who I had a good duel with, was a slight piece of satisfaction. Ninth is better than in the last two races, but we’re not here for that.”

Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda RC211V) “We tried a new race setting today, but we had more negative sides than the positive ones, and this didn’t allow me to result sufficiently fast. I have many problems in breaking. The bike didn’t seem really stable. The rear tyre allowed me to be really constant during the all 22 laps, but I still don’t find the maximum confidence to push it more. I hope to find a good confidence in Motegi because I want to try anyhow to remain with the fastest. I really care about that race.”

The World Championship situation with six races remaining now looks like this: Rossi 261, Biaggi 129, Melandri 126, Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 123, Gibernau 115.

Dani Pedrosa (Team Movistar Honda RS250RW) won the 250cc race in comprehensive style beating great rival Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) across the line by 1.303 seconds after 20 laps. Consistent Casey Stoner (Aprilia) was third.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Team Movistar Honda RS250RW) was the early leader of a six-rider group that showed they had early pace way too hot for the rest of the grid. Andrea Dovizioso (Scot Racing Team Honda RS250RW) was one of the six with Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) the other.

Lorenzo was not afraid to head the pack at any stage and by the closing stages of the race it was him and Dani fighting at the front until a backmarker slowed Lorenzo allowing Dani to steal an advantage that he mercilessly worked from 0.245 seconds to the eventual margin of more than a second in the two final laps.

Stoner had to fight to keep de Angelis at bay for third while Aoyama couldn’t show the speed he had in the early part of the race and had to be content with fifth place. Dovi came home sixth.

“That was a difficult race,” said Dani. “It was cooler than on Friday and Saturday and the spots of rain we had made things hard too. But having got into a good rhythm I knew I could go it alone. The team worked really hard this weekend so thanks to them and to all my people.”

Lorenzo said, “We have to be happy with this, Dani’s bike was a bit faster and he was a bit stronger. But every race we get closer to a win and this gives us more motivation to go faster and faster until we achieve a win.”

The World Championship points table shows Dani at the top of the pile on 206 points followed by Stoner with 147 points. Dovi lies third with 134 points with six rounds to go.

Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) won the 125cc race from title rival Mika Kallio (KTM) with an imperious display of riding in the closing laps of what looked like it might be a close encounter. Luthi’s winning margin of 3.312 seconds proved otherwise. Marco Simoncelli (Aprilia) was third.

This was Luthi’s second win of the season and it improves his series points lead over Kallio – but not by much. Of more importance was the manner of the win, Luthi leading from the lights and then putting in a series of destructively fast laps in the closing stages to ride clear of his pursuers. Much like Pedrosa.

The young Swiss kept his head together even when light rain threatened to either cause a race stoppage or catch a rider out in terms of assessing available grip. World title contender Mattia Pasini (Aprilia) succumbed to a crash on the penultimate lap that has dented his Championship ambitions.

“That was hard,” said Luthi. “Even before the rain my rear tyre felt like it was almost finished, I was sliding so much towards the end of the race. We thought it would be stopped, but then I just tried to be careful, found myself with a gap, which I could see on one of the big TV trackside TV monitors, and then just kept it going to the finish.”

Fabrizio Lai (Kopron Racing World Honda RS125RW) finished sixth while his team-mate Mike Di Meglio (Kopron Racing World Honda RS125R) managed seventh place.

“I made a good start and the bike was very fast,” said Lai. “But the rear tyre wore out too fast. I took big risks in the fast turns to try and match the pace of the front group but the rain unsettled me a bit when the race wasn’t stopped. Then I had to take more risks to recover all the places again.”



Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)


Marco MELANDRI (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)


Max Baggi, Repsol Honda, 3rd:
“That is an amazing result and one that makes me very happy for both myself and for all my team. It has been a very hard weekend and I knew that the race would be difficult from the fourth row. The start was not so bad but I was touched in turn one when it was all very close and had a very big slide in fourth gear. I composed myself and tried to get the tyres to warm up – especially the left side where we had troubles all weekend. After a few laps I could see that I can make progress – little by little - and it was possible to move up the field. I start to believe I could move forward and I did. We made the best possible result from our position and I hope this is the started of the more positive part of the season for me. For sure it has not been easy so far. We test here for the next two days and I am very much looking forward to the next races with renewed confidence.”

Alex Barros, Camel Honda, 4th:
“I would like to say I’m happy to have done a great race, because it was a real battle and very enjoyable, but I’m still not satisfied. As at Sachsenring, I had to attack hard in the first part of the race and then both the front and rear tyres didn’t allow me to fight at the end. Then not only did I make it up alongside Sete and Valentino, but I couldn’t even finish third. In all honesty the story’s a bit different, because on the last lap I would have been able to challenge for the podium, Sete stopped right in front of me, and I had to close the throttle too. However that’s the way it went, we need to think about the next objective, Motegi, and try to make the most of tomorrow’s test to improve our staying power, because in everything else both the Michelins and the bike are perfect.”

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda, 5th:
“That was really a tough race. I got a good start and was right in there early on. Me and Melandri went back and forth a few times. I just didn’t want to let the leaders get away. I found myself running into some of the corners a little too hot and got a little ragged at times. The pace was so fast up front but that’s what you get with the best riders in the world. They dropped the hammer at the start and just went. I tried my hardest to make my boys proud but it didn’t happen this weekend. It was all good experience and I’m happy to be testing here tomorrow because we’re going to have to be in good shape for the rest of the season.”

Marco Melandri, MoviStar Honda, 6th:
“This morning we made a few changes to the bike and I set a good pace that gave me confidence for the race. I got a good start and forced my way into the lead group but over the first few laps I started to lose traction. I pushed my rhythm to try and stay near the front but I really punished the front tyre. From there on I just tried to finish the race. The two days of tests will be really important ahead of Motegi.”

Troy Bayliss, Camel Honda, 9th:
“Things pretty much went as I expected today. I honestly don’t know what I have to do to go as fast as the front group, because I’m not saving myself, both in practice and the race I’m giving my all, just as my team do too. It felt like I didn’t have grip on the front and so staying ahead of Tamada, who I had a good duel with, was a slight piece of satisfaction. Ninth is better than in the last two races, but we’re not here for that.”

Makoto Tamada, Konica Minolta Honda, 10th:
“We tried a new race setting today, but we had more negative sides than the positive ones, and this didn’t allow me to result sufficiently fast. I have many problems in breaking. The bike didn’t seem really stable. Compare to yesterday the grip of the bike was lightly better, but the problem in riding the turns it hasn’t been solved and this has slowed me down. The rear tyre allowed me to be really constant during the all 22 laps, but I still don’t find the maximum confidence to push it more. I hope to find a good confidence in Motegi because I want to try anyhow to remain with the fastest. I really care about that race.”

Sete Gibernau, MoviStar Honda: dnf – fuel starvation:
“Another negative day after a weekend in which we have done a great job during qualifying. This morning we had a good rhythm in the warm up with some low 1’58s, a pace I knew would allow me to fight for the win. In the race I wasn’t able to set the same pace and that was the main problem. In the first three laps I first noticed the problem that eventually prevented me from finishing the race, which topped it off. I’m really disappointed because once again I gave it everything I had and it’s a shame to end the race in this way.”

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 11
Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno


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



Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)
250cc
1 Daniel PEDROSA (Telefonica Movistar Honda 250cc)
2 Jorge LORENZO (Fortuna Honda)
3 Casey STONER (Carrera Sunglasses - LCR)
4 Alex DE ANGELIS (MS Aprilia Italia Corse)
5 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Team Telefonica Movistar Honda 250cc)
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Team Scot)
7 Sebastian PORTO (Aprilia Aspar 250cc)
8 Randy DE PUNIET (Aprilia Aspar 250cc)
9 Roberto LOCATELLI (Carrera Sunglasses - LCR)
10 Sylvain GUINTOLI (Equipe GP de France - Scrab)
 
125cc
1 Thomas LUTHI (Elit Grand Prix)
2 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM GP125)
3 Marco SIMONCELLI (Nocable.it Race)
4 Sergio GADEA (Master Aspar)
5 Lorenzo ZANETTI (Skilled I.S.P.A. Racing Team)
6 Fabrizio LAI (Kopron Racing World)
7 Mike DI MEGLIO (Kopron Racing World)
8 Manuel POGGIALI (Metis Racing Team)
9 Gabor TALMACSI (Red Bull KTM GP125)
10 Julian SIMON (Red Bull KTM GP125)
 

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