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Ten closest MotoGP races

Joining the M1 riders on the podium was Pedrosa, who had overtaken Stoner with five laps to go but was just out of reach of the victory fight.


9. 2006 German Grand Prix - Sachsenring (990cc):
Valentino Rossi wins by 0.145sec over Marco Melandri.
Germany 2006 is the first race in the list with a victory margin of over one tenth of a second, but that's nothing to be ashamed of since the top four riders were covered by just 0.307secs at the flag!

It was an immense victory for Valentino Rossi, who began the race just eleventh on the grid and was the lone Yamaha rider battling a trio of Hondas.

Rossi moved into fourth behind the RCVs of Nicky Hayden, Marco Melandri and Dani Pedrosa on lap 9 of 30, then cut swiftly through the pack to take the lead on lap 13.

Rossi tried break away, pushing hard for the next ten laps - but the Honda trio stuck with him, despite being locked in their own battles, and the closing stages began with Rossi, Melandri, Pedrosa and Hayden nose-to-tail once again.

Melandri finally toppled fellow Italian Rossi from the lead with three laps to go, but Rossi soon retaliated, then held off simultaneous attacks during a thrilling final lap.

Rossi won by 0.145secs from Melandri, with Hayden 0.266secs from victory and fourth placed Pedrosa 0.307secs behind. It was the closest premier-class top four finish of all time.

"Last night I didn't think I could win this race, but we made a change in the morning warm-up and then again before the race and today my M1 flew,” he said.

"Once I got to the front I knew I was probably two or three tenths faster than the other guys but it wasn't enough to escape and I had to battle with Dani, Nicky and Marco – each one was a great fight.

“Marco was so strong at the end of the race and I have to give my big congratulations to him, but thankfully I got the right line in the last corner and I was able to win."


10. 2004 Catalan Grand Prix - Circuit de Catalunya (990cc):
Valentino Rossi wins by 0.159sec over Sete Gibernau.



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Rossi, Elias, Edwards, Roberts, Portuguese MotoGP, 2006
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Roberts, Edwards, Elias, Rossi, Portuguese MotoGP Race 2006
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Victory for Elias, Portuguese MotoGP, 2006
Rossi 2nd, Elias 1st, Roberts 3rd, Portuguese MotoGP, 2006
Elias beats Rossi to the line by 0.002secs, Portuguese MotoGP Race 2006
Elias beats Rossi to win by 0.002secs, Portuguese MotoGP Race 2006
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Valentino Rossi at 2014 Monza Rally (Pic: Cristiano Bami)
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