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Italia 1-2-3 at Montegi MOTOGP

September 25th 2006 10:54
The Japanese Grand Prix has been run and won in spectacular style with an all Italian Podium! Loris Capirossi, Valentino Rossi and Marco Melandri finished 1, 2 and 3 with the Montegi Circuit providing much sunshine and some fantastic racing.

The 3 Italians finished the race the same way they qualified!

Ducati’s Capirossi led the race fairly unchallenged from start to finish with Melandri moving into second early on but soon giving that spot up to a hard charging Rossi. Rossi seemed to try to put out a challenge to his fellow countryman Capirossi but as he closed his gap, Capirossi seemed to get wind of the situation and soon pulled out an uncatchable lead.

Aussie Casey Stoner put his Honda into 4th for a few laps and was putting on a show to be proud of before he was caught from behind and fell back to 8th before losing his front end and going down, unable to finish the race.

Sete Gibernau was comfortable in 4th with Kawasaki’s Shinya Nakano behind him and Nicky Hayden charging through the pack in 6th after the Kentucky Kid had a horrible start in 9th after a disappointing 7th place qualifying on the grid.

Shinya Nakano put in a challenge against Gibernau for 4th on the final lap but pushed it too far and washed out, lucky not to take Gibernau with him. This gave Hayden an easy passage up to 5th but still finishing 3 places behind Rossi and losing precious Championship points with 2 rounds left to go.

Hayden is now only 12 points clear of the Rossi in the Championship as the Motogp heads into Portugal for the penultimate round. Melandri sits in 3rd 15 points behind Rossi but only 4 points clear of Capirossi and 7 points ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

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