Vlaencia GP Repsol YPF Honda race report

Race day ­ Cheste, 17th of September, 2000 CRIVILLÉ CRASHES OUT CHARGING HARD, GIBERNAU 8TH AND OKADA 9TH Sete Gibernau gave the Repsol YPF Honda team its best result today by taking 8th place, just ahead of his team-mate Tadayuki Okada....

Race day ­ Cheste, 17th of September, 2000

CRIVILLÉ CRASHES OUT CHARGING HARD, GIBERNAU 8TH AND OKADA 9TH

Sete Gibernau gave the Repsol YPF Honda team its best result today by taking 8th place, just ahead of his team-mate Tadayuki Okada. Alex Crivillé was the man on the move during the first few laps of the race. He was charging hard but crashed out just after he moved past Loris Capirossi and into fourth place. The world champion bravely remounted to pursue his racing efforts, but later had no choice but to pull into the Repsol YPF Honda pit and retire.

SETE GIBERNAU ­ 8th ­ 48'48.893 World Championship Position: 15th ­ 59 Pts
"The race didn't go as I expected. I didn't have a good set-up for that race and that's my fault. But it meant I was having problems racing out there. I still tried to ride with the front group and because of that, I almost crashed three times. Then I saw Alex Crivillé go down and I remembered my own crash in Estoril. I opted to play it safe rather than take too many risks. I tried to do my best with what I had. It's a pity that I wasn't able to get a better results, especially with all the fans here for this race".

TADAYUKI OKADA ­ 9th ­ 48'49.145 World Championship Position: 12th ­ 87 Pts
"That was another tough race for me. My start was okay but then, going into the first corner, all hell broke loose! Everyone was just bunching into each other there and some rider touched me and pushed me off-line. I don't know who it was but I intend to find out! That move lost me a lot of time and places. The problem for me is that right now, my bike isn't giving me the tyre performance and the feeling I need and I want. After a few laps I get to understand the way it's sliding and handling and I can't turn in constant lap times, but by then it's too late."

ALEX CRIVILLÉ ­ RETIRED World Championship Position: 9th ­ 107 Pts
"I had a good warm-up and I was really confident for the race. I was fastest this morning and my time was also faster than my best time in qualifying yesterday. My start was okay and straight away, I started to overtake people. I was feeling really aggressive. I really wanted to move up as fast as I could and get back up with the front guys. I saw that Garry was starting to get away from the others so I pushed even harder to get past Capirossi. The, going into the last corner, I lost the front. It's a shame because I felt so confident and comfortable on the bike today".

<pre> Starting grid ­ Cheste - 500cc 1 K. Roberts Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1'35.133 2 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'35.191 3 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1'35.296 4 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1'35.388 5 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 1'35.424 6 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'35.452 7 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1'35.481 8 J. vd Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 1'35.632 9 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'35.651 10 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1'35.682 11 A. Crivillé Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'35.701 12 N. Aoki Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1'35.800 13 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 1'35.894 14 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'36.091 15 D. De Gea Proton TEAM KR Modenas KR3 1'36.109

Pole :                          K. Roberts      1'35.133
Fastest lap:                    A. Crivillé     1'36.085
Circuit Record Lap 1999 :        K. Roberts     1'42.473

Race results ­ Cheste - 500cc 1 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 48'27.799 2 K. Roberts Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 48'32.804 3 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 48'33.777 4 N. Aoki Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 48'36.474 5 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 48'42.046 6 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 48'43.910 7 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 48'47.766 8 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 48'48.893 9 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 48'49.145 10 J. vd Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 49'05.305 11 D. De Gea Proton TEAM KR Modenas KR3 49'05.481 12 JL. Cardoso Maxon Dee Cee Jeans Honda 49'27.264 13 D. Tomas Queroseno Racing Team Honda 49'04.121 14 Y. Konishi FCC TSR TSR-Honda 49'22.367 15 P. Giles Sabre Sport Honda 49'34.170

Not classified V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 42'04.685 P. Tessari Team Paton Paton 31'19.753 A. Crivillé Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 20'02.178 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 16'16.479 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 9'56.020 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d'Antín Yamaha 5'00.028 S. Legrelle Tecmas Honda Elf Honda 5'40.792

AIR : 31º HUMIDITY : 31% GROUND : 43º

World championship standings ­ Cheste - 500cc Pos. Rider Points VAL 1 K. Roberts 214 20 2 V. Rossi 148 - 3 C. Checa 141 9 4 G. McCoy 134 25 5 L. Capirossi 126 - 6 A. Barros 121 11 7 M. Biaggi 118 16 8 N. Abe 113 - 9 A. Crivillé 107 - 10 N. Aoki 99 13 11 R. Laconi 88 10 12 T. Okada 87 7 13 J. vd Goorbergh 74 6 14 J. McWilliams 66 - 15 S. Gibernau 59 8 16 T. Harada 30 - 17 D. De Gea 23 5 18 JL. Cardoso 19 4 19 Y. Konishi 15 2 20 S. Legrelle 7 - 21 A. Ryo 6 - 22 S. Gimbert 5 - 23 S. Norval 4 - 24 J. McGuinness 3 - 25 D. Tomas 3 3 26 L. Cadalora 3 - 27 A. Gobert 1 -

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Alex Criville , Sete Gibernau
Teams Williams