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The Grande Premio de Portugal ended in disappointment for Team Movistar Honda rider Sete Gibernau when he crashed out on the 16th lap, ending his chances of taking victory at Estoril and dealing him another blow after Valentino Rossi snatched victory from him last weekend at Jerez.

Gibernau was more that one second ahead of eventual winner Alex Barros and 11 seconds clear of archrival Rossi when he crashed at the end of a straight on the rain-dampened Estoril track.

Speaking after his race disappointment, Gibernau said, “The only mistake I made was to lead from the start. It was a very tough race and it was important to judge the marshals’ flags properly because that was the only reference I had of how much water was on the track.

“Wherever there was a flag I slowed down and where there wasn’t one I sped up. I didn’t go mad, I was in control of the race and I was even slower at the end of the straight than usual, but it wasn’t enough.

“The weekend was a lot tougher for me than people might expect, but once again we worked perfectly. I tried to get away and avoid contact with any other riders but the crash was unavoidable. In the end we’ve paid for it because the other riders saw the crash and dropped their pace by three seconds.

“On another day it will be somebody else but in these situations the person at the front is at a disadvantage. Now I just want to get home to Switzerland, continue my recuperation with my physical trainer and get a good rest before China.”

Today’s crash meant that Gibernau was unable to increase his points in the MotoGP World Championship. However, although Gibernau was off the track, archrival Rossi didn’t managed to win today, but he did manage second behind Brazilian Alex Barros to increase his points to 45 – giving him a 25-point advantage over Gibernau.

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such a bad race for Sete congrats to Alex Barros
and Randy de Puniet was only 3rd but the 250 and 125 races were great
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Parabens Alex.

Sete is just disappointing. Gotta feel sorry for him and his bad luck.

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ummmm i felt so sorry for him (sete) he was doing so well and then bam well congrats to Alex he did kinda dominate the whole weekend!

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Alex was top, he made my day!!!!!!!

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A first look at the Shanghai circuit


The Shanghai International Circuit will host a round of MotoGP World Championship for the first time next week, the taobao.com Grand Prix of China. The unique characteristics of the racetrack, as well as its architecture, are set to make Shanghai International Circuit a highlight of the motor racing calendar.
The Shanghai International circuit, situated outside China's prosperous metropolitan port city, hosted its first race just over six months ago but is already acknowledged as one of the most impressive race venues on earth. Vast grandstands overlook equally impressive pits and a paddock complex adjacent to the high-speed 5.451km/3.387 mile circuit.

The track includes two very fast straights where bikes are expected to exceed 320km/199mph and a series of tight corners, including two long right-handers that take riders almost through 360 degrees. This is a new circuit for MotoGP bikes, so lap and race records have yet to be established.

The design of the Circuit: the circuit’s shape resembles the Chinese symbol “Shangh”, which translates as “high” or “above”. The imagery of the Circuit buildings is derived from history, nature and technology. Historical references are expressed by forms, colours and materials in new interpretations of traditional forms.<

A four-door arrangement, consisting of the main grandstand, the pit building, the control tower, the administration tower, the restaurant and the press centre forms the architectural focus of the entire construction. Two gates, each marked by two towers, guard the entrance on the left and on the right side.

The entrance for the spectators to the grandstand is guarded by two red stair tower columns.


The entrance for the teams to the pit building is guarded by two glass office towers. One of the red stair towers and one of the glass office towers is bridged by a press centre and a restaurant. As a result two further gates are formed. These symbolize Shanghai’s role as gate to the world as well as Shanghai’s future role as gate to the racing

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I hope Sete will kick ass in China.

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The MotoGP World Championship makes a historic first visit to Shanghai this weekend for the inaugural Taobao.com Grand Prix of China. The Shanghai International Circuit, situated outside China's prosperous metropolitan port city, plays host to the event as the world’s premier motorcycles and riders bring their spectacular showcase to an estimated population of over 1.3 billion people.

The Chinese public have been given their first taste of MotoGP action during the opening two rounds of the 2005 season, which have been screened on Shanghai TV and Dragon TV. Valentino Rossi and Alex Barros took victories at Jerez and Estoril respectively, with the Italian now leading the Championship by seven points from the Brazilian.

For Rossi the unprecedented event represents a completely fresh challenge and an opportunity to consolidate a dominant start to his title defence. Meanwhile, Barros has the opportunity to establish himself as the World Champion’s main challenger ahead of the likes of fellow Honda riders Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi, who have both enjoyed indifferent starts to their campaigns.

Whilst Gibernau finished second to Yamaha’s Rossi in the opening round at Jerez before crashing out of the lead at Estoril, Biaggi progressed from seventh place to third respectively and will look to remain on an upward trend as he makes his 200th Grand Prix start this Sunday. It will also be a milestone race for Shinya Nakano, who will be making his 100th appearance.

Nakano will be joined in the Kawasaki garage this weekend by his former team-mate Olivier Jacque, who clinched the 250cc title ahead of the Japanese rider in a thrilling climax to the 2000 season. Jacque has been called up to replace injured rider Alex Hofmann for the next two rounds after the German broke his wrist in a freak crash prior to the Estoril race.

Also missing from the usual entry list this weekend is British rider Shane Byrne, who will instead head for Jerez as Team KR and KTM perform tests on a new engine after running out of parts to take to China. Meanwhile, Japanese rider Makoto Tamada faces a late fitness test after also injuring his wrist in Portugal.

The unique characteristics of the racetrack and its impressive architecture are set to make Shanghai International Circuit a highlight of the MotoGP season. Vast grandstands overlook equally impressive pits and a paddock complex adjacent to the high-speed 5,451km circuit, which includes two very fast straights and a series of tight corners.

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MotoGP report:


Nicky Hayden set the MotoGP pace today in the first free practice of the Chinese GP, clocking the fastest lap ahead of Macro Melandri and Sete Gibernau.

The Repsol Honda Team rider, who finished seventh last week at Estoril, clocked a fastest lap of 2´02.327 to finish 0.158 ahead of Melandri (Movistar Honda MotoGP) who clocked 2´02.485. Spain’s Sete Gibernau – who has had a very turbulent start to the season – finished third fasted with 2´02.557, putting both Movistar Honda Team riders in the top three.

Carlos Checa (Ducati Marlboro Team) lapped fourth fasted to clock 2´02.664 ahead of reining World Champion Valentino Rossi in fifth, with a time of 2´02.667. Loris Capirossi was sixth fastest with 2´02705 and last week’s Estoril winner Alex Barros (Camel Honda) finished seventh fastest with a lap of 2´02. 816.

Argentinean Aprilia Aspar rider Sebastian Porto was the fasted man in the 250cc class – which was plagued by rain towards the end of the session. Porto clocked a fastest lap of 2´09.301 to finish ahead of Team Scot rider Andrea Divizioso, who lapped in 2´09.321. Australian rider Casey Stoner (Carrera Sunglasses – LCR) lapped third fastest with a time of 2´09.390. Dani Pedrosa was fourth fasted with a lap of 2´09.657 ahead of Alex de Angelis on 2´09.904 and Frenchman Randy de Puniet in six place with a lap of 2´10.405.

Last week’s Estoril winner Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM) was the fastest 125cc rider with a fastest lap of 2´15.582. Italian Kopron Racing World rider Fabrizio Lai was second fastest on 2´16.140 ahead of Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand PRIX) who lapped in 2´16.359. Gabor Talmacsi and Julian Simon finished fifth and sixth respectively, putting three KTMs in the top five.

All of the practice session after the 125cc were delayed due to a technical problem with the medical helicopter. This has also had a knock-on effect on this afternoon’s qualifying practice sessions and the MotoGP second free practice. The 125cc QP1 will now start at 15:15; MotoGP FP2 at 16:00 and the 250cc QP1 at 17:10.


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Can´t wait for Sunday.

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Me too!!! This is a new circuit and there's no references. Great!!!!!!

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