Portuguese GP Repsol YPF Honda race report

World champion Alex Crivillé gave the Repsol YPF Honda team it's best result of the day with sixth place, but his team-mate Sete Gibernau came very close to scoring his first podium of the year. Gibernau led the early laps and was later in third...

World champion Alex Crivillé gave the Repsol YPF Honda team it's best result of the day with sixth place, but his team-mate Sete Gibernau came very close to scoring his first podium of the year. Gibernau led the early laps and was later in third place when he had a spectacular crash. Tadayuki Okada finished just behind Crivillé, in seventh place.

ALEX CRIVILLÉ ­ 6th­ 48'23.085
World Championship Position: 8th ­ 107 Pts

"Someone touched me on the first lap and pushed me wide and off the track. That lost me a lot of time. After that little incident, I opted to take my time to get back into the proper rhythm of the race. I then started to come back on the others and to overtake slower riders. My pace was almost the same as the guys in front so no doubt if I had taken a good start I could have been up there fighting for a podium position. When I eventually came up behind Laconi, I found it impossible to pass him because my tyres had no grip left. I'm not happy with this result but I think we did make some good progress throughout the week-end. Let's hope it works out for the race as well in Valencia".

TADY OKADA ­ 7th ­ 48'23.088
World Championship Position: 11th ­ 80 Pts

"I made a mistake at the start and that probably cost me a good result. I got going a little too early so I had to break to avoid jumping the start and that meant I ended up losing a lot of time. I had to fight my way through to come back up the standings. The wind was a real problem today, especially in specific corners like the first and second corners and the one before the last corner. The bike tended to run wide and it was really difficult to hold the right line. When I was behind vd. Goorbergh it was hard to get by him because this track doesn't really suit the V4s. It's hard to make the most of our power here".

SETE GIBERNAU­ CRASHED OUT
World Championship Position: 15th ­ 51 Pts

"That was a big crash. It's left me with bruises on my neck and on my back. I was the only one of the front guys with a 17 inch rear tyre and because of that, I was losing half a second a lap. I was sliding everywhere. Every time I opened the throttle the bike would start sliding. Still, I think I ran a good race. Me and the team, we've been working so hard all week-end and I think it showed today. When Rossi passed me, he had a higher pace than mine but then I started coming back at him. I was closing the gap so I tried even harder than before to come back and that's when the back wheel suddenly stepped out and I crashed".

<pre> Starting grid ­ Estoril - 500cc 1 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1'40.736 2 N. Aoki Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1'41.111 3 J. vd. Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 1'41.145 4 K. Roberts Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1'41.150 5 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'41.366 6 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'41.396 7 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'41.596 8 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1'41.638 9 A. Crivillé Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'41.907 10 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1'41.916 11 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'41.957 12 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 1'42.021

Race results ­ Estoril - 500cc 1 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 48'07.663 2 K. Roberts Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Honda 48'12.604 3 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 48'12.845 4 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 48'13.387 5 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 48'21.422 6 A. Crivillé Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 48'23.085 7 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 48'23.088 8 J. vd. Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 48'23.439 9 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d'Antín Yamaha 48'27.286 10 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 48'27.506 11 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 48'40.084 12 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 48'40.858 13 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 49'02.579 14 T. Harada Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 49'21.225 15 M. Willis Proton TEAM KR Modenas KR3 49'25.974 16 JL. Cardoso Maxon Dee Cee Jeans Honda 49'27.195 17 Y. Konishi FCC TSR TSR-Honda 49'54.803 18 S. Legrelle Tecmas Honda Elf Honda 48'15.839 19 P. Giles Sabre Sport Honda 49'06.966

Not Classified S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Honda 34'30.158 P. Tessari Team Paton Paton 19'07.588

Circuit Record Lap :    New circuit
Fastest lap :                   V. Rossi        1'42.200
Pole :                          G. McCoy        1'40.736

AIR : 23º HUMIDITY : 61% GROUND : 30º

World championship standings Pos. Rider Points POR 1 K. Roberts 194 20 2 V. Rossi 148 16 3 C. Checa 132 4 4 L. Capirossi 126 3 5 N. Abe 113 7 6 A. Barros 110 6 7 G. McCoy 109 25 8 A. Crivillé 107 10 9 M. Biaggi 102 13 10 N. Aoki 86 - 11 T. Okada 80 9 12 R. Laconi 78 11 13 J. vd. Goorbergh 68 8 14 J. McWilliams 66 5 15 S. Gibernau 51 - 16 T. Harada 30 2 17 D. de Gea 18 - 18 JL. Cardoso 15 - 19 Y. Konishi 13 - 20 S. Legrelle 7 - 21 A. Ryo 6 - 22 S. Gimbert 5 - 23 S. Norval 4 - 24 J. McGuinness 3 - 25 L. Cadalora 3 - 26 A. Gobert 1 - 27 P. Tessari 1 -

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Criville , Sete Gibernau
Teams Williams