Rossi steals German win

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Valentino Rossi stole victory at the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring following a mistake by Sete Gibernau on the final lap.
The Italian reigning world champion won his 76th GP victory by just 0.685 seconds, but it has effectively sealed his fifth MotoGP title with a 120 point lead.
Nicky Hayden took third despite having twice led the race. From pole, the American led for five laps until a red flag following a crash by countryman John Hopkins, which left the Suzuki MotoGP machine in the middle of the track.
Following the restart the Repsol rider could only head the field for one lap until Gibernau and Rossi came past. He did manage to repass Rossi and reclaim second for seven laps until the Italian launched his late attack.
Repsol team-mate Max Biaggi took fourth, ahead of Alex Barros and Kawasaki’s Shinya Nakano. Nakano was the only one of three factory Kawasaki machines to finish with both Alex Hoffmann and Olivier Jacque crashed out in a first-corner collision with Shane Byrne.
Troy Bayliss was the only other rider to crash out.
In the 250cc race, Dani Pedrosa took the chequered flag. Brit Chaz Davies failed to finish. In the 125cc race it was Mika Kallio who survived a dramatic event, with 13 riders failing to reach the flag.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff