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06 June 2005 | News

Now that the University of Urbino has officially awarded Valentino Rossi a degree (he graduated in Communication Sciences last 31st May), our champion can now use his nickname "the Doctor" to even better effect. In our opinion, he had already earned this title on the world's racetracks thanks to his breakouts, rear-wheel skids and the lessons given to his adversaries.
Probably galvanised by this new award, Rossi gave us true entertainment on Sunday 5th June and contributed to the success of the Dainese Team on Italian soil. We came home with two pole positions, five podium places and three riders at the top of the world championship classification: what more could one desire from the Mugello weekend?
Together with Rossi, at the top of the general classification with a steadily widening gap, another great protagonist of this Italian-dominated Motorcycle GP was Max “black pirate” Biaggi who finally appeared as competitive and aggressive as before. Confirmation of this is expected at Catalunya.
Though going down a category, the emotion that the Dainese riders give the public stays at the same level. The main language of the 250cc category was Spanish: Daniel Pedrosa won after a furious duel with an acrobatic Jorge Lorenzo who came second following Saturday's historic pole position: Honda hadn't won a pole position at Mugello for 13 years… Pedrosa increases his lead at the top of the world classification.
In the 125cc category, the regrets of Marco Simoncelli who gave up after a fall were balanced by the happiness of Thomas Lüthi, the young Swiss who won second place on the podium and first place in the world championship classification, thanks to Mika Kallio's fall which, fortunately, had no physical consequences.
In the 250cc, Simone Corsi ran a good race (eighth past the post), while in the 125cc, Manuel Poggiali managed to win sixth place for his Gilera and wildcard Michele Conti closed with an honourable 11th place on his Honda.

As regards the D-Challenge, the competition is no less exciting: the general classification is getting closer with a difference of just 23 points between first and hundredth place. That kind of gap can be filled by just one Grand Prix with performances such as those by Marcomalone, ShadowC4 and Ack.red who guessed all five results of the Mugello competition. Congratulations to you three and keep up the good work to the others: there are still plenty of races to come!