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Old 18th June 2006, 19:43   #1
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Default Catalunya - Rossi brings home boys who can hang on to their bikes!

A race filled with crashes and retirements, Catalunya saw Rossi take the chequered flag for a 2nd time in a row this season which has pushed him to 3rd overall in championship standings.
Rossi qualiifed on pole after more than a year and this has proved that reverting back to the old chassis on the M1 has greatly helped THE DOCTOR. People again looked forward to a streetfight the way this season has gone, though it was anything but!
The first corner saw Gibernau overbrake and get thrown off his bike, which in turn started a whole series of crashes. Gibernau's bike kareened into Capirossi, who in turn hit Melandri, who fell of the bike right in front of local hero Dani Pedrossa who had to run wide and dragged Melandri with him and finally fell off. In the process, John Hopkins and Randy DePuniet crashed out too. Casey Stoner had blitzed to the front of the pack from 8th on the grid, but the race was red flagged.
The race started again - this time without Melandri, Capirossi and Gibernau while some others mounted on their spare bikes and completed the warm up lap. Then, Vermeulens's bike stalled on the grid, and Nakano's bike began to overheat and he had to start on the spare bike from pits while all the others did a warm up lap again!
The race finally got underway, with Stoner again storming into the lead from 8th, while Rossi was relegated to 6th place. Rossi then painstakingly made his way through the pack to regain the lead right till the end. Nakano and DePuniet had to retire too, the latter crashing out again. Stoner and Pedrosa joined the club too, and all of Pedrossa's effort of running through the grid from 11th to 5th went in vain.
So, Rossi showed he is back by taking his 3rd victory of the season, while Nicky Hayden leads the premier class world championship.

In the 250cc, Andrea Dovizioso took his maiden win and successfully held of Jorge Lorenzo and Alex dE Angelis, and now holds a 25 points advantage over the man in 2nd Jorge Lorenzo.

The 125s were engrossing again, with Alvaro Bautista took the top step on the podium, followed by Hector Faubel and Sergio Gadea and Mattia Passini, thus making it a top-4 Spanish affair.

With 4 races in the next 5 weeks, hopefully as many riders as possible will recover from their injuries soon, and we can look forward to an awesome overdose of MOTOGP.
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Rossi qualiifed on pole after more than a year and this has proved that reverting back to the old chassis on the M1 has greatly helped THE DOCTOR.
Rossi had tried testing with the old chasis but there was a problem mounting the new engine to it. Also the old Chasis was not upto the pace required for 2006(This was visible in the testing times). Hence they dropped it.

Rossi and Edwards are using the new chasis designed by Yamaha after they had issues with the Initial 2006 chasis.
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whatever the case may be.....thank GOD rossi is again on top of the podium....."finger crossed"
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Rossi had tried testing with the old chasis but there was a problem mounting the new engine to it. Also the old Chasis was not upto the pace required for 2006(This was visible in the testing times). Hence they dropped it.
If you noticed, Rossi had asked for the old chassis before the previous race - the one at Mugello, and the only time he suffered chatter was when he switched to extra grippy tyres while qualifying.

Anyway, let's on argue on this - have it your way. I just hope Rossi keeps winning.

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