Jerez MotoGP Race Results

It's Rossi and Biaggi on Hondasleading the way with Ducati scoring a podium with Bayliss.

1. Valentino Rossi, Honda, 27 laps, 46:50.345
2. Max Biaggi, Honda, -6.333 seconds
3. Troy Bayliss, Ducati, -12.077 seconds
4. Tohru Ukawa, Honda, -16.183 seconds
5. Alex Barros, Yamaha, -18.630 seconds
6. Makoto Tamada, Honda, -24.153 seconds
7. John Hopkins, Suzuki, -30.959 seconds
8. Shinya Nakano, Yamaha, -31.218 seconds
9. Nobuatsu Aoki, Proton, -36.002 seconds
10. Olivier Jacque, Yamaha, -37.566 seconds
11. Noriyuki Haga, Aprilia, -43.753 seconds
12. Jeremy McWilliams, Proton, -43.894 seconds
13. Kenny Roberts, Suzuki, -48.891 seconds
14. Colin Edwards, Aprilia, -52.128 seconds
15. Andrew Pitt, Kawasaki, -68.179 seconds
16. Alex Hofmann, Kawasaki, -68.372 seconds
17. Marco Melandri, Yamaha, -91.010 seconds
18. Garry McCoy, Kawasaki, -1 lap
19. Loris Capirossi, Ducati, -15 laps, DNF, crash
20. Nicky Hayden, Honda, -19 laps, DNF, crash
21. Sete Gibernau, Honda, -21 laps, DNF, crash
22. Carlos Checa, Yamaha, -24 laps, DNF, retired


MotoGP World Championship Point Standings:

1. Rossi, 70 points
2. Biaggi, 56 points
3. Bayliss, 40 points
4. Gibernau/Barros, TIE, 38 points
6. Ukawa, 23 points
7. Nakano, 20 points
8. Hayden, 18 points
9. Capirossi, 16 points
10. Hopkins, 15 points
11. Norick Abe/Checa/Jacque, TIE, 13 points
14. Edwards/Tamada, TIE, 12 points
16. Aoki, 11 points
17. Haga, 9 points
18. Roberts, 6 points
19. McWilliams, 4 points
20. Pitt, 1 point


Press release issued by Ducati Corse:

DUCATI MARLBORO MAN BAYLISS SCORES FIRST MotoGP PODIUM

Troy Bayliss crowned a great weekend for the Ducati Marlboro Team with a brilliant third-place finish in today’s Marlboro Spanish GP, one day after team-mate Loris Capirossi scored the factory’s first-ever pole position in the premier GP class.

Unfortunately Capirossi was less lucky in the race, tumbling out of third place shortly before half distance. The Italian was riding with some difficulty, having collided with Bayliss during the warm-up lap.

Today’s result, plus yesterday’s one-two qualifying performance, with Bayliss second and just one hundredth down, continues an amazing run of results since the Ducati Marlboro Team started its MotoGP GP adventure last month. So far the team has led all three races, scored podiums at two and taken two front-row starts including one pole.

“Overall it’s been a fantastic weekend,” said Ducati Motor Holdings CEO Federico Minoli, who watched the race along with another 130,000 fans. “Maybe we might’ve expected more from today after yesterday’s performance, but we take things day by day, and before we started racing in MotoGP we never dreamed we’d obtain such results so soon. I feel sorry for Loris, but Troy was amazing. His progression of results – fifth in Japan, fourth in South Africa and third here – means we can dream of him winning at Mugello! But really, this year’s goal was always to learn for next year, and so far I think we’re learning okay!”

Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli added: “I think this is our best weekend so far – pole position and a podium. Loris was unlucky, Troy rode a great race – very consistent with the same lap times as Biaggi, even though the race pace was slower than we expected.” The Ducati Marlboro Team stay at Jerez to test the Desmosedici on Tuesday.

BAYLISS LEADS AGAIN, FINISHES THIRD
Ducati Marlboro Team rider Troy Bayliss rode a superb race today, scoring his first MotoGP podium in front of a massive and appreciative Spanish crowd. Racing for the first time at Jerez, the former World Superbike champion dived into the lead at the start, then quickly settled into second place behind team-mate Capirossi. Relegated to fourth at one point, he regained third place when Capirossi fell and spent much of the race rather alone.

“It was a long day for everybody, but I was aiming for the podium and that’s what we got, so it’s been a very good weekend,” smiled Bayliss, now third in the points chase. “I got a good start and got into a rhythm, but I just couldn’t go any faster. I was slipping and sliding around the place, so I couldn’t make better progress. We’ll keep working on the bike, doing this and that, and take it from here.”

Bayliss rode in some pain following his warm-up-lap collision with Capirossi, the Italian’s left handlebar making contact with the Australian’s right leg at speed on the back straight. “Everyone in front was suddenly going slower,” he explained. “So I slowed, then all the guys behind came past on my left, except Loris and another guy. I’ve done something to the leg, but nothing too bad.”

CAPIROSSI LEADS THEN TUMBLES
Loris Capirossi had high hopes of another podium finish today after riding the fastest-ever lap of Jerez during yesterday’s qualifying session. The Ducati Marlboro Team rider, who finished third at the season-opening Japanese GP, led the first three laps but then slipped to third, crashing out of the action on lap 13. Capirossi had hurt his left hand on the warm-up lap and bent his bike’s left handlebar, making his machine difficult to control.

“What happened on the warm-up lap was quite scary,” he said. “I was doing maybe 250kmh when two riders just ahead of me suddenly moved apart and I found myself racing towards Troy, who seemed to be going much slower. I tried to brake but it was too late to avoid him – I hurt my arm, bent the ‘bar and damaged the fairing. I got a good start but after a few laps it became difficult to ride the bike, because the riding position was a little strange, so maybe I had some tendon problems. I really hurt the arm in the crash, I thought it was broken but it’s not, it just needs a lot of ice.”
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