John Hopkins leads the chasing pack ahead of Carlos Checa, Loris Capirossi, Alex Barros, Colin Edwards, Alec Hofmann, Max Biaggi, Troy Baliss, Makota Tamada, Robbie Rolfo, Kenny Roberts, Shinja Nakano, Toni Elias, Nobuatsu Aoki, Ruben Xaus, James Ellison,
Hopkins leads Bayliss, Roberts, Tamada, Hofmann and Nakano
Rossi is his usual efferfescent self at the press conference
Colin Edwards must feel very mortal at times - while an identical bike wins race after race, the likable Texan continually chases set-up and battles for his points - it may ultimately be worthwhile as his never-say-die attitude could be rewarded with sec
The early laps at Brno and Rossi and Gibernau fight out the lead ahead of Melandri, Hayden, Hopkins, Checa Capirossi, Barros, Edwards, Hofmann and Biaggi. Capirossi's second and Biaggi's third are all the more admirable given this picture.
Rossi teels the fans how it is!
An interesting moment for the two former arch-rivals as eyes momentarily meet as Rossi shakes hands with Biaggi. Oncethe fiercest of enemies, the venom has slowly subsided in the relationship. Capirossi completed the all-Italian podium and was clearly eve
An animated Valentino gives feedback to his crew
In the latter stages of the race Alex Barros came into calculations for a podium before fading to fourth
Troy Bayliss continued to have difficulty riding the Honda - let's hope the laid-back and likeable Bayliss is retained within MotoGP ranks next year.
Ducati's second place came after a lot of development work at the Italian factory. here test rider Guareschi is at work inside the wind-tunnel as the MotoGP team fine-tunes the aerodynamics of the Desmosedici
Alex Hofmann is reportedly on the way out at Kawasaki according to the rumour mill, though the smile of Kawasaki Team Manager Harald Eckl suggests otherwise
Max Biaggi was the best credentialled rider at Brno, having won there seven times before - what's that powering the tyre warmers? A Honda generator of course!
Marco Melandri has slipped from his early season form in recent races, allowing Nicky Hayden to assume the most-likely-to-succeed role.
Nicky Hayden explains the set-up to his crew
Capirossi and Melandri fight out what they thought was third place
Another all-Italian rostrum with Melandri not far away too. There's no doubt that Italy is the home of road racing
Gibernau leads Rossi, Melandri, Hayden, Hopkins and Checa
Sete Gibernau is the centre of media attention
Still a big kid at heart, Valentino celebrates his ninth win