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Valentino Rossi races to his 101st career victory

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Valentino Rossi held off Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to win a nail-biting German Moto GP race on Sunday, his 101st career victory. Watch footage of the race by clicking on the link on the left.


AFP - Valentino Rossi held off Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to win a thrilling German Moto GP race here on Sunday, his 101st career victory.

The Italian series leader, who started in pole position, finished ahead of Spaniard Lorenzo, with Honda's Dani Pedrosa, also of Spain, taking third place.

"It's an important win at this stage of the season," said championship leader Rossi.

"It was another fantastic battle with (Casey) Stoner until the last lap. I knew that on this circuit it's very difficult to pass so I stayed ahead on the final lap."

Early on during the race, French rider Randy De Puniet suffered a dramatic tumble when pressing in third position behing Rossi and Pedrosa, sliding off the track as his bike bucked.

Australian Casey Stoner, last season's winner here, took advantage to move swiftly past Rossi and Pedrosa to take the lead on the seventh lap.

Stoner forced the pace, with only the final podium finishers able to stick to him. By the 11th lap there were already five seconds between the Australian and fifth place occupied by Alex De Angelis of San Marino.

Rossi retook the lead on the 16th lap, with Lorenzo and then Pedrosa overtaking Stoner, who finished fourth.

The two Yamahas then edged away, with Lorenzo taking the attack to Rossi and assuming the lead with five laps to go.

In a nail-biting climax, Rossi moved back into the lead with one lap to go and held off Lorenzo as the Spaniard tried one last desperate pass on the final bend.

Rossi has 176 points after nine races with Lorenzo on 162 and Stoner, 148.

Result of the German MotoGP race on Sunday:

1. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41mins 21.769secs
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41:21.868
3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 41:24.668
4. Casey Stoner (Australia) Ducati 41:31.995
5. Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Honda 41:43.291
6. Toni Elias (Spain) Honda 41:52.621
7. Marco Melandri (Italy) Kawasaki 41:53.070
8. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 41:53.495
9. Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha 41:54.634
10. James Toseland (Britain) Yamaha 42:05.695
11. Loris Capirossi (Italy) Suzuki 42:19.144
12. Niccolo Canepa (Italy) Ducati 42:22.308
13. Chris Vermeulen (Australia) Suzuki 42:25.414
14. Mika Kallio (Finland) Ducati 42:25.924
15. Gabor Talmacsi (Hungary) Honda +1 lap

MotoGP standings after the German MotoGP on Sunday:

1. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 176 points
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 162
3. Casey Stoner (Australia) Ducati 148
4. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 108
5. Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha 83
6. Marco Melandri (Italy) Kawasaki 70
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda 69
8. Chris Vermeulen (Australia) Suzuki 64
9. Loris Capirossi (Italy) Suzuki 61
10. Randy de Puniet (France) Honda 58
11. Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Honda 47
12. Toni Elias (Spain) Honda 47
13. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 46
14. James Toseland (Britain) Yamaha 45
15. Mika Kallio (Finland) Ducati 28
16. Niccolo Canepa (Italy) Ducati 20
17. Sete Gibernau (Spain) Ducati 12
18. Yuki Takahashi (Japan) Honda 9
19. Gabor Talmacsi (Hungary) Honda 1

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