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Rossi strikes back with sixth home win.

Moving in the opposite direction was Toni Elias, who charged from just 15th on the grid to pass Capirossi for sixth with five laps to go, while Gresini Honda team-mate Melandri concluded his home race in a frustrating ninth after some early heroics.

One place in front of Melandri was second on the grid Chris Vermeulen, the Le Mans winner lacking the dry pace needed for a second consecutive podium, while world champion Nicky Hayden - Pedrosa's team-mate - rose just three places from his 13th on the grid.

Another American wishing he wasn't here was Rossi's team-mate Colin Edwards, who crossed the line 12th after qualifying down in 16th.

Italian Grand Prix:

1. Rossi
2. Pedrosa
3. Barros
4. Stoner
5. Hopkins
6. Elias
7. Capirossi
8. Vermeulen
9. Melandri
10. Hayden
11. Hofmann
12. Edwards
13. Nakano
14. Guintoli
15. Tamada
16. Jacque
17. Kenny Roberts

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