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Rossi surfs to Shanghai victory - Jacque second!

Marco, riding with Andrea Dovizioso's helmet after suffering vision problems with his own in the wet at Estoril, built his pace up from a steady start to finish as the top Honda rider - the excellent young Italian claiming his second podium from three RCV races and moving into second in the world championship standings, 25-points behind Rossi, in the process.

Gibernau would hang on to cross the line fourth, just 0.6secs in front of Biaggi's Repsol Honda, with van den Goorbergh a further two-seconds back for an excellent sixth - a result that Tamada, arguably, would have struggled to better today.

After his spectacular start Hopkins looked to have settled into fourth before running wide on lap 6, dropping the 21-year-old to 11th. He would fight back to seventh at the finish, one position ahead of countryman Colin Edwards.

Nicky Hayden was never a contender today and crossed the line ninth, one place clear of Xaus, while Loris Capirossi was the lone factory Ducati finisher in 12th – the Italian sitting 9secs ahead of WCM's James Ellison, who recorded his second points finish in a row with thirteenth, in front of Elias, Moriwaki wild-card Tohru Ukawa and D'Antin Ducati's Roby Rolfo.

Joining Roberts on the DNF list were Checa, Nakano, Bayliss and Battaini – all but Nakano were caught out by the conditions, while the Japanese was forced to pit with technical troubles.

Chinese Grand Prix:

1. Rossi
2. Jacque
3. Melandri
4. Gibernau
5. Biaggi
6. van den Goorbergh
7. Hopkins
8. Edwards
9. Hayden
10. Xaus
11. Barros
12. Capirossi
13. Ellison
14. Elias
15. Ukawa
16. Rolfo

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