Phillip Island GP Results

John P Burns
by John P Burns
HONDA RACING NEWS
MotoGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2002
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, PHILLIPISLAND
Race Day, Sunday October 20th, 2002

ROSSI ROMPS TO WIN NUMBER 11

Honda domination of the top five places at the outstandingly beautiful Phillip Island circuit was headed by a two-man battle for the win, the 27-lap race contested between Alex Barros (West Honda Pons RC211V) and Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team RC211V). The former had the advantage for the vast majority of the blustery race, with Rossi first hunting down and then shadowing the Brazilian until lap 22, before finally blasting past the Motegi race winner.

An overambitious overtake on the brakes sealed Barros' fate on the final lap when he shot off down the escape road at Honda corner--rejoiningin second place.

For Rossi, it was his 50th race win in all classes of GP competition, andhis 11th victory of a quite outstanding season, during which he was crownedchampion four races early. At Valencia in two weeks time he will have thechance to equal another Honda legend, Michael Doohan, in terms of the mostraces won in a single MotoGP season, 12. Rossi is also within touchingdistance of the record single-season points score in the premier class ofracing.

The RC211V was the dominant machine on the MotoGP grid,filling the first four places and propelling Rossi to a new lap record of1:32.233, and a weekend-best top speed of 323.5km/h (201 mph!), achieved inthe first qualifying session.

"The 50th GP win is a very good result for me; a dream, and the race withAlex was very difficult," said the four-time GP champion. "My start wasgood from the second row, and I didn't lose any time, so it seemed possibleto follow Alex. In the beginning his rhythm was incredible but I tried topush hard all the time and I knew that when his tyre started to slide Icould come back on him. When I arrived I waited a bit for the last laps tocome around, then passed him. On the final lap I expected his attack at thehairpin so I stayed very close to the inside. He overtook me but he ran offand the battle was finished. Today the bike worked like I wanted, and Icould ride it the way I liked, but Barros was still very difficult to beat."

MotoGP:

Race Classification MotoGP (27 laps = 120.096 km)
Pos/Rider/Nation/Team/Motorcycle/Time/Km/h
1/Valentino ROSSI /ITA /Repsol Honda Team/HONDA /42'02.041/171.426
2/Alex BARROS /BRA /West Honda Pons/HONDA /42'11.823/170.764
3/Tohru UKAWA /JPN /Repsol Honda Team/HONDA /42'13.175/170.673
4/Daijiro KATO /JPN /Fortuna Honda Gresini/HONDA /42'13.368/170.660
5/Jurgen vd GOORBERGH/NED /Kanemoto Racing/HONDA /42'13.455/170.654
6/Max BIAGGI /ITA /Marlboro Yamaha Team/YAMAHA /42'22.978/170.015
7/Nobuatsu AOKI /JPN /Proton Team KR/PROTON KR /42'24.546/169.910
8/Olivier JACQUE /FRA /Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3/YAMAHA /42'28.683/169.634
9/Kenny ROBERTS /USA /Telefonica Movistar Suzuki/SUZUKI /42'28.733/169.631
10/Jeremy McWILLIAMS /GBR /Proton Team KR/PROTON KR /42'34.035/169.279
11/Carlos CHECA /SPA /Marlboro Yamaha Team/YAMAHA /42'36.604/169.109
12/Sete GIBERNAU /SPA /Telefonica Movistar Suzuki/SUZUKI /42'40.868/168.827
13/Shinya NAKANO /JPN /Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3/YAMAHA /42'47.459/168.394
14/Tetsuya HARADA /JPN /Pramac Honda Racing Team/HONDA /42'54.583/167.928
15/Jose Luis Cardoso /SPA /Antena 3 Yamaha d'Antín/YAMAHA/42'54.806/167.913
Fastest Lap : Valentino ROSSI - 1m32.233 - 173.612 Km/h

250cc:
Race Classification 250cc (25 laps = 111.2 km)
Pos/Rider/Nation/Team/Motorcycle/Time/Km/h
1/Marco MELANDRI /ITA /MS Aprilia Racing/APRILIA /39'44.293/167.898
2/Fonsi NIETO /SPA /Telefonica Movistar-Repsol/APRILIA /39'44.300/167.898
3/Sebastian PORTO /ARG /Petronas Sprinta Yamaha TVK/YAMAHA /39'50.059/167.493
4/Roberto ROLFO /ITA /Fortuna Honda Gresini/HONDA /40'00.335/166.776
5/Toni ELIAS /SPA /Telefonica Movistar-Repsol/APRILIA /40'03.210/166.577
6/Randy DE PUNIET /FRA /Campetella Racing/APRILIA /40'03.278/166.572
7/Franco BATTAINI /ITA /Imola Circuit Exalt Cycle Race/APRILIA /40'05.642/166.408
8/David CHECA /SPA /Safilo Oxydo Race LCR/APRILIA /40'23.875/165.157
9/Alex DEBON /SPA /Campetella Racing/APRILIA /40'30.523/164.705
10/Casey STONER /AUS /Safilo Oxydo Race LCR/APRILIA /40'34.938/164.406
11/Haruchika AOKI /JPN /DeGraaf Grand Prix Team/HONDA /40'39.561/164.095
12/Jaroslav HULES /CZE /Dark Dog Yamaha Kurz/ YAMAHA/40'39.581/164.093
13/Emilio ALZAMORA /SPA /Fortuna Honda Gresini/HONDA /40'51.684/163.283
14/Naoki MATSUDO /JPN /Dark Dog Yamaha Kurz/YAMAHA /40'53.858/163.139
15/Shahrol YUZY /MAL /Petronas Sprinta Yamaha TVK/YAMAHA /40'54.266/163.111
Fastest Lap : Marco MELANDRI 1m34.072 - 170.218 Km/h

World Championship Positions:1 MELANDRI 273
2 NIETO 241
3 ROLFO 199
4 ELIAS 172
5 PORTO 172
6 BATTAINI 133
7 LOCATELLI 108
8 DE PUNIET 106
9 ALZAMORA 104
10 MATSUDO 84
11 STONER 65
12 DEBON 65
13 AOKI 54
14 YUZY 53
15 CHECA 50.

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