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Melandri takes win on amazing day of MotoGP

MotoGP 30/04/06

Marco Melandri was the last-gasp winner of a fantastic Grand
Prix of Turkey at the Istanbul Park Circuit, taking victory from
Casey Stoner in the closing seconds of the race.

Melandri took victory under dramatic circumstances, when it
looked as if it would be a straight battle between Stoner and
Dani Pedrosa in a repeat of last year’s 250cc race. Pedrosa
crashed on the start of the last lap in a heartbreaking moment
for the Spaniard.

Stoner was close to becoming the joint youngest winner of a
MotoGP, but the Honda LCR rider had to make do with his first
podium in the premier class in only his third race.

Nicky Hayden, run wide by Melandri when he looked to be
shaping up to make an overtaking manoeuvre, continued his
long run of podium finishes. The third place also places him at
the top of the tree in the overall classification.

Valentino Rossi was largely anonymous at the start of the race,
dropping to 14th after running wide. He made his way up the
field diligently to come near to taking third from Hayden’s
grasp, taking Toni Elias along for the ride.

Loris Capirossi was off the podium for the first time this season,
ahead of pole-man Chris Vermeulen. The Australian did
superbly to hold off the field on the first lap, and pushed his
Suzuki to the full in order to avoid dropping down the running.
Shinya Nakano, Colin Edwards and Makoto Tamada completed
the top ten, on a day which was dry apart from a few light
drops of rain during the MotoGP race itself.

38123 spectators flocked to the Istanbul Park Circuit, and none
of them will have left disappointed, with three races of the
highest quality at one of the most exciting circuits on the
MotoGP calendar.

Source: MotoGP

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MotoGP Podium Quotes

MotoGP Podium Quotes
MotoGP 30/04/06

Marco Melandri:
I had problems in the first part of the race,
and couldn’t push during the first part of corners. When I
pushed a bit more I was able to pass Casey. Coming after that
exciting 250cc race, which had everyone excited, I’m glad that
we could have such a spectacular MotoGP race. I need to thank
my mechanics and Michelin, I’m so happy to be here and it’s
thanks to them that I have earned the win. Casey was strong
and it was very difficult.

Casey Stoner:
I was as close as I could have got to the win I think. I want to
thank my team so much for this, we worked hard in the test
after Jerez and things really started to come together. In the
press conference this week Valentino said that maybe I didn’t
have the experience with worn tyres, but I had to correct him
and say that in Qatar I had the flu. I’m happy to be on the
podium, even though I couldn’t quite break that youngest rider

Nicky Hayden:
To be leading the championship is something to be proud of,
but like I said in Qatar it would be nice to get a win on this long
run of podium finishes. Before the race the tyre warmer melted
to the tyre, and I think this caused some problems later on. I
was pushing and pushing, but at the end of day I just couldn’t
get it done. Man it was exciting. All in all I think it was a pretty
good weekend, we’ll run with it and put the heat on them next

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