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19 September 2005 | News
The celebration for Valentino Rossi's new title has been postponed: a spill in Motegi kept the ace from winning the few points he needed to win the championship.
Although this was the first time that the champ from Tavullia failed to pick up points in a race, it only postpones the appointment with his 7th world title to the next race to be run on Sunday, September 25 in Sepang, Malaysia, where Valentino will surely claim revenge for the glory of his countless fans all over the world.
The honour of the Dainese Team in the heavyweight class was upheld in Japan by Max Biaggi, who thrilled the Japanese spectators in a one-on-one battle with Loris Capirossi. Although the Ducati racer got the upper hand at the very end, Max won the points he needed to rank second in command to only the Doctor himself in the standings.
In 250 cc competition, even with an aching shoulder brought on by a spill in the time trials, Daniel Pedrosa gritted his teeth and claimed an excellent 2nd place, showing a determination that some observers had not yet noticed.
This is the kind of toughness that Thomas Lüthi is going to have to show in his next Grand Prix races. Although he finished 2nd in his 125 cc class at Motegi, he was unable to step up to the winners' stand because a nasty spill on the 16th lap made the race judge call for the red flag. Although the Swiss racer won precious points, he now finds himself with a swollen ankle and a dislocated shoulder with just four days to get back in shape before the Sepang race. We're sure he'll make it in time.
The surprise in the Motegi race upset the predictions made by most D-Challenge players, so all the more credit to Firebolt in Brampton for guessing all the top 5 finishers.