Sete Gibernau is the rain master in Jerez

As predicted, rain hit Jerez. But this is the Jerez GP and rain, snow or thunder would not keep the Spanish fanatics away. Using full-wet tires Valentino Rossi stood on pole and ready to continue on his war path with HRC. Ready to stop him was...

As predicted, rain hit Jerez. But this is the Jerez GP and rain, snow or thunder would not keep the Spanish fanatics away. Using full-wet tires Valentino Rossi stood on pole and ready to continue on his war path with HRC. Ready to stop him was rain master, Sete Gibernau, and Yamaha teammate Carlos Checa.

Sete took the hole shot into turn one followed by Rossi and Checa. Hayden's rain inexperience showed early in the race. Although Hayden qualified well, he was quickly passed by the field. Crashes were the order of the day. Byrne crashed early in the race, followed by Ruben Xaus and Troy Bayliss.

With Sete and Biaggi in the front, Marco Melandri, Checa and Ross battled for third. Biaggi knowing he had to win the race, continued to chip away Sete's early gap by setting the fastest lap of the race

Just when many thought Rossi would settle for fourth, Barros came from behind and started to push the Italian. Rossi, trying to hold off Barros, made a mistake and saved a huge high-side. This marked the end of Rossi's challenge.

To make things even more difficult, God decided to open up the water gates. With only 8 laps to go, Sete regained the lead and Marco Melandri crashed to give third place Alex Barros.

Sete made his expertise felt and won the race with authority. Behind him was the Roman Emperor, Max Biaggi, followed by Alex Barros to complete a Honda sweep.

Rossi managed to hold off Nicky Hayden's attack for fourth

Sete's win gave him the championship lead, with 41 points, Biaggi 40 and Rossi 38

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Valentino Rossi , Troy Bayliss , Alex Barros , Sete Gibernau , Marco Melandri