Max Biaggi took his first victory of his season as Valentino Rossi's rear tyre shredded as he followed Biaggi's Yamaha around the Brno circuit today.

Biaggi comfortably took his 38th Moto GP win, the 9th in the top category, on the Yamaha he will not be riding next year.

Biaggi got off to a comfortable start and led from start to finish to break the Honda domination on races wins this season.

Taking off well from his pole position, Biaggi put in a dominant performance and did not appear flustered as Rossi persued him lap after lap. Indeed, even before his tyre shredded, it did not look like being one of world champion Valentino Rossi's better races. Despite having dominated the season so far, Rossi was beaten to pole by Biaggi and was soon under pressure from Japanese rider Daijiro Kato, making his four-stroke debut.

In the early stages of the race Biaggi soon got down to a comfortable rhymth as those behind him battled. Kato, in particular placing Rossi under pressure.

It was a race that saw few incidents as only four riders who made the start were classified as not finishing the race. Rossi returned to the circuit after coming in to have the offending rear tyre replaced. After a couple of laps running at the back of the field, the Italian champion returned to the pits.

Shinya Nakano didn't even complete the first lap, crashing out on his Yamaha. Eleven laps from the start Aoki crashed the Proton out; one lap later it was John Hopkins turn to fail go out on the Red Bull Yamaha.

Performances of note further down the field were Sete Gibernau who brought home the Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki in a mighty impressive fourth place just behind the equally impressive Tohru Ukawa who didn't let his morning warm-up spill detract from his race to the third place on the podium.

Brit Jeremy McWilliams was another to impress with a seventh place finish.

Race Results:
1 Biaggi
2 Kato
3 Ukawa
4 Gibernau
5 Checa
6 Capirossis
7 McWilliams
8 Abe
9 Barros
10 Jacque



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