Catalunya MotoGP Results

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Continuing the trend in MotoGP, the four strokes were giving the ring-dings absolute fits this weekend in Catalunya. But does that mean a four-stroke won the race, or did a 2-stroke sneak in to spoil the party?

Read on to find out...

Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team RCV211V) bagged his fifth win from sixraces at a scorching Catalunya. More than 90,000 sun-drenched Spaniardswatched Tohru Ukawa (Repsol Honda Team RCV211V) finish a close second asHonda recorded its third one-two of the season so far. This is Rossi's 44thcareer win and his 18th premier class win. The new Honda RCV211 has now wonevery race so far this year.

Rossi started from the front row of the grid in fourth place and heldfourth position into the first turn. By the fifth lap he'd got into arhythm and set the fastest lap of the race at 1m 45.594s on lap five.Carlos Checa (Yamaha), Ukawa, Rossi and Max Biaggi (Yamaha) were nowpulling clear. Rossi moved into second place behind Checa on lap 14 and onthe next lap he used the speed of the RCV to edge past the Spaniard at theend of the long start/finish straight and into the lead. He led from thenon with team-mate Ukawa in close touch throughout.

"That was a really hard race for the bike, the tires and me," said theChampionship leader. " I have to say a big thank you to all my team becausewe changed so many of the settings over the weekend to find the best raceset-up. I got a good start, and followed the others. Checa got into a goodrhythm and I overtook Biaggi when the others started to get away. I triedto turn some laps in the 45 second bracket but I couldn't. I got away andTohru came with me, but I was a little better on the brakes in three of theturns and I managed to stay in front. I'm very happy with this win."

Second-placed Ukawa looked as if he might have been able to repeat thesuccess he had in the second race of the MotoGP Championship in SouthAfrica when he overtook Rossi in the closing stages for a win. But althoughUkawa pressed him hard all the way Rossi had just enough in hand to fendhim off.

"I knew I had to make a good start," said Ukawa. "And I got the holeshot,my first this season. I led until Checa went past me and then I got himback and held it. The tyres were good today and the whole bike felt good.The work we did in qualifying really paid off in the race and I guess I'mhappy with second. I'm not so happy that the points gap between Valnetinoand me has increased. But there's a long way to go this season and I'll begiving it everything."

Valentino Rossi, Repsol Honda Team: 1st: "That was a really hard race forthe bike, the tyres and me! I have to say a big thank you to all my teambecause we changed so many settings over the weekend in order to find thebest race set-up. I made a good start and followed the others. Checa had agood rhythm. When the others started to go I overtook Biaggi. I then triedto make some laps in the 45's but it was not possible. I go and Tohru comeswith me. I'm a little bit harder in braking and I managed to stay in front.I'm very happy."

RESULTS:Race Classification MotoGP: (25 laps - 118.175 km)Pos/Rider/ Nation/ Team/Motorcycle/Time /Km/h1 Valentino ROSSI/ ITA/ Repsol Honda Team/ Honda/44'20.679 -159.895 km2 Tohru Ukawa /JPN/ Repsol Honda Team/ Honda/44'21.559 -159.8423 Carlos CHECA /SPA/ Marlboro Yamaha Team/YAMAHA/44'29.210- 159.3844 Max BIAGGI/ ITA/ Marlboro Yamaha Team/YAMAHA/44'32.597 -159.1825 Alex BARROS/BRA/ West Honda Pons/HONDA/44'43.061 -158.5616 Loris CAPIROSSI/ ITA /West Honda Pons/HONDA/44'50.775 -158.1067 Kenny ROBERTS /USA/ Telefonica Movistar Suzuki/SUZUKI/44'52.204 -158.0228 Daijiro KATO/ JPN /Fortuna Honda Gresini/HONDA/44'54.591- 157.8829 Olivier JACQUE/ FRA /Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3/YAMAHA/44'57.526 -157.71110John HOPKINS/ USA /Red Bull Yamaha WCM/YAMAHA/45'12.259 -156.85411 Akira RYO JPN /Team Suzuki/ SUZUKI/45'13.982 156.75412 Jeremy McWILLIAMS /GBR/ Proton Team KR/ PROTONKR/45'18.264- 156.50713Tetsuya HARADA /JPN /Pramac Honda Racing Team/HONDA/45'22.502 -156.26414 Regis LACONI /FRA /MS Aprilia Racing/APRILIA/45'23.681- 156.19615Pere RIBA /SPA /Antena 3 Yamahad'Antín/YAMAHA/45'25.402 -156.098Fastest lap: Valentino Rossi, 1m 45.594s - 161.156 kmWORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS:1 Rossi 145,2 Ukawa 97,3 Capirossi 65,4 Biaggi - Checa 56,6 Abe 52,7 Barros 51,8 Kato 47,9 Jacque 29,10 Roberts -Aoki - Laconi 28,13 Ryo 25,14 Harada - Hopkins 24.
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