Melandri (33), Hayden (69), Gibernau (15), Rossi (obscured) and Edwards in the early race
In the latter half of the race, melandri showed why he should be considered the heir apparent, staying glued to Rossi's rear wheel
There's a new colour at the front - GREEN. Shinya Nakano's kawasaki was fourth fastest in qualifying and ran at the front for the first time on a dry circuit.
Pedrosa will graduate from the 250 class to the MotoGP class next season on a Repsol Honda RC211V according to rumours
Nicky Hayden was recently named one of America's most eligible bachelors - not exactly relevant to his racing CV, but certain to add a few dollars to his contract when viewed in tandem with his recent step up in pace. he is after all, the pin-up boy of th
Valentino and team-mate Colin Edwards obviously have a strong friendship underpinning their status as team-mates.
Behind every great motorcycle racer is a great engineer - Valentino and jeremy Burgess after the race.
Early in the race Edwards leads Nakano's Kawasaki, Capirossi's Ducati, barro' honda and Alex Hoffman's Kawasaki. Hoffman is another who will need to perfrom miracles to keep his ride as it now seems obvious that a talented rider will put the green meanie
Coilin Edwards put in a rare podium ride on the M1 - very few people have achieved a podium on the bike other than Rossi.
Alex Barros - still the only person to have greeted the chequered flag before rossi this season, but not showing enough form to suggest he can do it again
Compare the race lap times of the main combatants and you'll see why rossi is the champion and melandri the main challenger. Courtesy: Motogp.com
June 26, 2005 Valentino Rossi claimed another win, another record and staked another claim to being the greatest ever when he won the 75th anniversary Gauloises Dutch TT at the famous Assen circuit on Saturday afternoon. In doing so, he became the first Yamaha rider ever to win five consecutive premier-class races and fought off a new challenger to his crown in the form of an ever-improving Marco Melandri. Rossi has always had the ability to find something extra when it counts, but he seems to be regularly performing remarkable feats this year, coming up with several stunners on the weekend to increase his points lead in the 2005 title to 63 points – a buffer of more than two race wins.
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