Valentino Rossi was not on the pace on the day, but as usual optimised his result and extended the championship lead
Barros rode a superb race and has proven that despite 20 years on the MotoGP circuit, he still has what it takes.
Barros celebrates after the event
The first lap is completed and Sete has already checked out from the bunch. That's Carlos Checa and Maxs Biaggi leading the charge from Valentino Rossi and Marco Melandri, Colin Edwards, John Hopkins, Carlos Checa, Troy Bayliss and Nicky Hayden
Colin Edwards slips off at low speed. Edwards was able to remount and bring home sixth place. That's Shakey Byrne on the KTM-engined Team Roberts Proton in the background.
Rossi lifts the second place trophy. to the applause of Barros and Biaggi
John Hopkins hope of a sixth place finish on the Suzuki is crushed as he slides off in the rain
Tamada didn't make it to the line, damaging his scaphoid in practice and potentially putting himself out for several races
Shinya Nakano continues to run fast and smooth and stay out of trouble and bring home valuable points. He now sits sixth in the title chase just one point behind Sete Gibernau.
Yamaha President Toru Hasegawa visits the Rossi pit after the race.
Hopkins before his crash had many good riders behind him, including Carlos Checa, Troy Bayliss and Shinya Nakano. Had he stayed upright, he might have finished as high as fourth.
By lap eight, Barros was cutting back Gibernau's lead, with the pair running at such a hot pace that Valentino Rossi could not stay with them
Hayden and Bayliss in a high-speed Honda freight train
After two seasons and one race, Alex barros gets to stand on top of the podium again
April 17, 2005 A Honda won the Portugeuse Grand Prix today with World Champion Valentino Rossi second, but it was the Honda of Alex Barros that greeted the chequered flag first not the expected Honda of Sete Gibernau. Gibernau crashed out in light rain while leading the race at mid distance in the first MotoGP race run under the new rain rules which do not allow for race restarts due to rain during the race. Barros’ win was not entirely unexpected. He was the fastest rider in all sessions throughout the weekend, fastest qualifier and appears to have regained the form he last showed at the end of 2002 when he beat Valentino Rossi several times on equal machinery.
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