Australian GP Team Repsol YPF Honda race report

AUSTRALIAN GP Race day ­ Phillip Island, 29th of October, 2000 OKADA IS ONLY REPSOL YPF HONDA RIDER HOME The Australian Grand Prix, the last race of the 2000 season, was a difficult one for the Repsol YPF Honda team. Japanese ace Tadayuki...

AUSTRALIAN GP
Race day ­ Phillip Island, 29th of October, 2000

OKADA IS ONLY REPSOL YPF HONDA RIDER HOME

The Australian Grand Prix, the last race of the 2000 season, was a difficult one for the Repsol YPF Honda team. Japanese ace Tadayuki Okada was the only one to finish the race for the team. Okada came home in ninth place. The 1999 world champion Alex Crivillé crashed out on lap three of the 27 lap event while Sete Gibernau pulled in with only seven laps left to go.

ALEX CRIVILLÉ ­ Crashed out World Championship Position: 9th ­ 122 Pts
"I crashed in that downhill part of the track. I was behind Sete and Tady and I lost the front. I'm very disappointed. This is obviously not the way I would have liked to end my season. I felt good this week-end and I was hopeful of a good result. I was very focused on that at the start of the race. Now the season is over, I was to concentrate on this winter's testing program. We'll be staying here and testing on Tuesday and Wednesday, then we'll do some more tests in November. After that, I hope to be able to have a long rest because I want to be in top shape for 2001, when I intend to be back up there fighting for the title".

TADY OKADA ­ 9th ­ 42'34.100 World Championship Position: 11th ­ 107 Pts
"The first part of the race wasn't too bad. I had a little chatter on the right hand turns but the set-up of the bike still felt the best it's been all week-end. We just didn't have enough time to find the right set-up for this race. At the end of the race, I was getting big slides on the left handers and by then, there was nothing I could do to stay with the leaders. I think our suspension set-up wasn't right".

SETE GIBERNAU ­ Retired World Championship Position: 15th ­ 72 Pts
"I didn't have a good start. I lost contact with the front guys pretty quickly but after a while, I started to come back towards them a little. I was behind Aoki and everything seemed to be going well. But then my bike started sliding a lot. I could see I was sliding more than the other guys. Towards the end of the race, the rear started chattering badly and I nearly crashed twice. That's when I thought it safer to pull in. It's a shame because I thought I could get a good result".

<pre> Race results ­ Phillip Island- 500cc 1 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 42'29.792 2 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 42'29.974 3 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 42'30.080 4 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 42'30.218 5 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 42'31.677 6 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d'Antín Yamaha 42'33.610 7 K. Roberts Telefónica MoviStar Suzuki Suzuki 42'33.638 8 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 42'33.670 9 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 42'34.100 10 N. Aoki Telefónica MoviStar Suzuki Suzuki 42'42.374 11 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 42'45.731 12 J. vd. Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 43'10.212 13 T. Kayoh Tecmas Honda Elf Honda 43'35.951 14 T. Harada Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 43'45.059 15 Y. Konishi FCC TSR TSR-Honda 43'10.905 No Clasificados S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 31'37.710 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 16'10.085 M. Willis Proton TEAM KR Modenas KR3 11'31.768 D. Tomás Sabre Sport Honda 10'17.565 A. Crivillé Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 4'53.203

Pole: Jeremy McWilliams 1'32.552 Fastest lap: Max Biaggi 1'33.320 Circuit Record Lap: '99 Kenny Roberts 1'32.743

TEMPERATURE: 15º GROUND TEMPERATURE: 17º HUMIDITY: 54%

This is how the World Championship ends after Phillip Island Pos. Rider Points Aus 1 K. Roberts 258 9 2 V. Rossi 209 16 3 M. Biaggi 170 25 4 A. Barros 163 13 5 G. McCoy 161 11 6 C. Checa 155 - 7 L. Capirossi 154 20 8 N. Abe 147 10 9 A. Crivillé 122 - 10 N. Aoki 116 6 11 T. Okada 107 7 12 R. Laconi 106 5 13 J. vd. Goorbergh 85 4 14 J. McWilliams 76 8 15 S. Gibernau 72 - 16 T. Harada 38 2 17 D. de Gea 23 - 18 JL. Cardoso 19 - 19 Y. Konishi 16 1 20 S. Legrelle 7 - 21 A. Ryo 6 - 22 S. Gimbert 5 - 23 S. Norval 4 - 24 J. McGuinness 3 - 25 D. Tomas 3 - 26 T. Kayoh 3 3 27 L. Cadalora 3 - 28 M. Willis 3 - 29 A. Gobert 1 - 30 P. Tessari 1 - 31 P. Giles 1 1

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Series MOTOGP
Drivers Max Biaggi , Alex Criville , Jeremy McWilliams , Sete Gibernau , Kenny Roberts , Phillip Island
Teams Williams