Donington race report

BRITISH GP Race day ­ Donington, 9th of July, 2000 Valentino Rossi won a race held on a drying track but started on wet tarmac, which meant that everyone made the same tyre choices ­ wets front and rear. In very difficult conditions, Alex ...

BRITISH GP
Race day ­ Donington, 9th of July, 2000

Valentino Rossi won a race held on a drying track but started on wet tarmac, which meant that everyone made the same tyre choices ­ wets front and rear. In very difficult conditions, Alex Criville finished 7th, just in front of his Repsol YPF Honda team-mate Gibernau. Gibernau ran at the front of the race in the early laps but then lost ground. Okada finished tenth.

ALEX CRIVILLE ­ 7th ­ 53¹06.863 World Championship Position:6th­ 88 Pts.

"I got a bad start and to make matters worse, Rossi almost crashed in front of me! After that I decided to take it easy for the first few laps and avoid taking too many risks. By the time I felt confident enough to up my pace, the rear tyre was worn. I don¹t know why. We all chose the same tyres so that wasn¹t the problem. It must be a set-up problem. This is not a good result for the championship. I really can¹t remember having seen such a strange season as this one".

SETE GIBERNAU ­ 8th ­ 53¹07.412 World Championship Position:15th­33 Pts.

"I got a good start and I was feeling good and pretty comfortable all the time the track was wet. But when it started drying out I began to have a lot of problems with the rear. I used a different engine than the other riders of the Repsol YPF Honda team today and it seems that maybe it wasn¹t the ideal choice. It didn¹t seem to be working as well. It was hard for me to open the gas as much as I wanted to. Every time I did so the rear wheel would slide. It¹s a shame because we did a good warm-up this morning during which we managed to find a good set-up".

TADY OKADA ­ 10th ­ 53¹08.830 World Championship Position:13th­54 Pts.

"I don¹t know what the problem we had today was. Maybe it was due to something with the front suspension. The bike was handling very strange. It was like the front and the rear weren¹t attached to the same motorcycle, like they had a mind of their own. Going into the corner, the rear would follow the line and behave normally but the front was tending to stand the bike up. I know it wasn¹t a tyre problem because we all had the same tyres on today. I used wets like everyone else so that wasn¹t what was wrong. Today was just not a good day for us".

<pre> Length: 4.023 metres Race distance: 120.69 kilometres

Pole:                           Alex Barros 1¹32.316
Circuit Record Lap      Œ98:    Simon Crafar 1¹32.661
Fastest lap:                    Garry McCoy 1¹39.895

Race results ­ Donington Park - 500cc 1 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 52¹37.246 2 K. Roberts Telefonica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 52¹37.641 3 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 52¹38.190 4 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 53¹00.283 5 J. vd. Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 53¹02.820 6 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d¹Antin Yamaha 53¹04.298 7 A. Criville Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 53¹06.863 8 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 53¹07.412 9 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 53¹08.119 10 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 53¹08.830 11 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 53¹16.115 12 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 53¹21.303 13 J. McGuinness Demon Vimto Honda Honda 53¹40.780 14 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 53¹50.781 15 A. Gobert Proton TEAM KR Modenas KR3 53¹52.898 16 N. Aoki Telefonica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 54¹08.303 17 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 53¹01.406 18 S. Legrelle Tecmas Honda Elf Honda 53¹24.447

Not classified T. Harada Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 21¹43.870 JL. Cardoso Maxon Dee Cee Jeans Honda 18¹32.326 P. Giles Sabre Sport Honda 2¹27.570

Race condition :        Wet
Air :                   17 Degrees Centigrade
Ground :                17 Degrees Centigrade
Humidity :              75%

World Championship Standings 2000 Pos. Rider Points GB 1 K. Roberts 145 20 2 C. Checa 116 5 3 L. Capirossi 102 13 4 N. Abe 101 10 5 V. Rossi 92 25 6 A. Criville 88 9 7 A. Barros 79 2 8 N. Aoki 75 - 9 G. McCoy 62 - 10 J. vd. Goorbergh 56 11 11 R. Laconi 55 4 12 J. McWilliams 54 16 13 T. Okada 54 6 14 M. Biaggi 51 7 15 S. Gibernau 33 8 16 T. Harada 26 - 17 D.De Gea 18 - 18 Y. Konishi 13 - 19 JL. Cardoso 11 - 20 S. Legrelle 7 - 21 A. Ryo 6 - 22 S. Gimbert 5 - 23 S. Norval 4 - 24 J. McGuinness 3 - 25 A. Gobert 1 1

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Garry McCoy , Valentino Rossi , Alex Criville , Alex Barros
Teams Williams