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GP Week : Issue 31
>>Moto GPAustralia >>Moto GPMOTEGI some good lap times, but Nicky chased me for a while. Then I started to pull clear, and I just tried to stay fast and consistent.” Rossi spoke of a hard race, after banging his head and qualifying only 12th. “This morning when I woke up my head felt like it would explode, but I took some medicine … “I was very lucky. On the first lap de Angelis fell off in front of me and I missed him by two centimetres.” He moved through steadily until he was disputing third with Toseland, but when he got by, the Englishman passed him straight back. It wasn’t until half distance that he managed to start pulling clear. He gradually closed a gap of six seconds on the slowing Hayden. “I could see him getting bigger but I wasn’t sure I could catch him.” He finally did so into Turn 1 on the final lap. Hayden, the first Michelin finisher, set a new record on lap 3, but admitted he had some tyre issues as the race wore on, and was obviously sliding. “I knew Valentino was coming, but when I pushed harder I went slower … so I just tried to keep everything in line. As we started the last lap I saw him out of the corner of my eye, felt him in my slipstream, and saw him on the big screen. I knew it was going to be tough.” Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha) managed to regain eighth by the finish from Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki), with Toni Elias (Alice Ducati) closing right up over the line. Anthony West held off Kawasaki team-mate for 12th some way back. Sylvain Guintoli (Alice Ducati) and Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) were close behind for the last points … both had run off into the grass on the second turn, and rejoined miles behind. Alex de Angelis (San Carlos Honda) was the second lap- one crasher; Marco Melandri (Marlboro Ducati) finished 16th and last. Pedrosa’s misfortune eased Stoner’s path to second overall, now on 245 points to 209. Lorenzo has 182, Dovizioso 145, with Hayden moving up rapidly on 131. 33