Melandri wins in Valencia
Marco Melandri has won the final MotoGP race of the year at Valencia.
The Italian rider lead the race from start to finish after getting the best start. Hayden was on his tale throughout but could never get enough speed to get past.
Rossi start from 15th position, the fifth row of the grid, and managed to work his way up to third position, but too late to make a challenge for the lead.
The newly re-crowned world champion took his 16th podium out of 17 races after closeing down the from 6 second off Hayden to under 2 seconds off in under 10 laps.
Carlos Checa was the only man to threaten Rossi keeping him busy just long enough to prevent him from going for the front runners.
Sete Gibernau was forced to pull out from third position on the first lap when his engine gave out.
Check out the lap-by-lap report on the race below.
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Final positions: Melandri, Hayden, Rossi, Checa, Barros, Biaggi, Capirossi, Edwards, Tamada, Elias, Nakano, Kiyonari, Hopkins, Hoffman, Xaus, Battaini. DNF: Roberts, Ellison, Aoki, Gibernau
Melandri is so mobbed by his fans he dropped his bike trying to do a burnout
Last Lap: Hayden closed right up but couldn't pass leaving Melandri to take his second win of the year
Last Lap: Rossi is just 2.3 seconds behind.
Lap 29: Melandri is finally pulling a gap on Hayden to prevent a last lap pass
Lap 28: Melandri Hayden Rossi Checa Barros Biaggi Capirossi Edwards
Lap 26: Rossi has moved up to 3.247 seconds down on Hayden but doesn't have enough laps left to catch them him and Melandri
Lap 25: Rossi is now in the same shot as the front two riders and closing fast. 3.56 behind
Lap 24: Still the same positions for the top 8
Lap 23: Rossi just 3.7 seconds behind Hayden
Lap 22: Rossi takes a furth.6 of a second out of Hayden. The back markers are now in play
Lap 22: Melandri - 0.4 - Hayden - 4.5 - Rossi
Lap 21: Barros tries to pass Biaggi but overcooked it and ran wide letting BIaggi back through
Lap 20: Rossi has slowed down his approach on Hayden and is still 4.9 seconds behind in third
Lap 19: Melandri Hayden Rossi Checa Biaggi Barros Capriossi
Lap 17: Rossi has gained a second on Hayden and is still catching
Lap 16: Melandri Hayden Rossi Checa Biaggi Barros Capriossi Edwards
Lap 15: Rossi pulls a small gap on Checa
Lap 14: Hayden is right on the tale of Melandri. Rossi is almmost 6 seconds down on Hayden
Lap 11: Barros drops behind Capriossi, Rossi is struggling to catch the front two
Lap 9: Melandri, Hayden, Rossi, Checa, Biaggi, Barros, Capriossi
Lap 8: Rossi is struggling to get away from Carlos Checa. Rossi is struggling for grip
Lap 6: Melandri, Hayden, Rossi, Barros, Checa. Rossi is 4 seconds off Hayden. Brit James Ellison in 16th
Lap 6: Rossi goes past Checa and now has a job to catch up with Melandri and Hayden
Lap 5: Rossi is now up to fourth behind Melandri, Hayden and Checa
Lap 4: Checa goes past Biaggi, Rossi sets fastest lap and is now fifth
Lap 3: Melandri is pulling away at the front, Gibernau has a problem and is coasting out of the race
Lap 2: Gibernau takes fastest lap, still same top eight
13:02: Melandri, Hayden, Gibernau, Biaggi, Checa, Capirossi, Rossi
13:00: And their off: Melandri takes the holsshot, Rolfo crashes out
12.59: The bikes are out on the warmup lap
12:48: The Bikes are on the grid an waiting to go for their final warmup lap. Gibernau is on pole whike Valentino Rossi is down on the fifth row after a poor qualifying performance.
12:40: Starting positions:
1. Gibernau 1:31.874.
2. Melandri 1:32.111.
3. Hayden 1:32.217.
4. Checa 1:32.374.
5. Biaggi 1:32.384.
6. Edwards 1:32.456.
7. Capirossi 1:32.482.
8. Barros 1:32.518.
9. Nakano 1:32.663.
10. Tamada 1:32.682.
11. Hopkins 1:32.785.
12. Hofmann 1:32.966.
13. Elias 1:33.005.
14. Aoki 1:33.393.
15. Rossi 1:33.503.
16. Kiyonari 1:33.846.
17. Xaus 1:34.874.
18. Rolfo 1:34.978
19. Ellison 1:35.158.
20. Roberts 1:35.374.
21. Battaini 1:35.712.
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