Brazilian GP Team Repsol YPF Honda race report

Sete Gibernau gave the Repsol YPF team it's best result today by finishing 7th, but only after Tadayuki Okada surprised everyone with a lightning start and led the first lap. But Okada soon found himself dealing with suspension problems and ...

Sete Gibernau gave the Repsol YPF team it's best result today by finishing 7th, but only after Tadayuki Okada surprised everyone with a lightning start and led the first lap. But Okada soon found himself dealing with suspension problems and eventually finished 9th. Alex Crivillé was 11th and surrendered his world title to Suzuki's Kenny Roberts today.

SETE GIBERNAU ­ 7th ­ 45'30.884 World Championship Position: 14th ­ 68 Pts.

"My start was okay but then I got hit by Alex and the impact really hurt my leg. Then, still in the first lap, Biaggi nearly ran off the track and hit me as well so I ended up losing a lot of time in that first lap. After that, I just tried to focus on getting a good pace and working my way up unto a good position. My bike was working well and that's what allowed me to do some good lap times, almost as fast as the leaders. Without those first lap incidents, I feel sure that I could have been fighting for the top positions today".

TADY OKADA ­ 9th ­ 45'40.130 World Championship Position: 12th ­ 94 Pts.

"I made the perfect start! But it sure didn't feel like that to me at the time. I was certain I'd made a mistake and I would be penalised for jumping the start. But the time between the red and the green lights was too long. It wasn't normal. I think it surprised many people. After that it was hard for me to stay with the others because the front suspension was giving me problems. It just wasn't flowing over the bumps. It was more like the bike was hitting the bumps. That meant I couldn't leant it over as far as I wanted to. I was having to lift the bike up a little and I couldn't get my lap times as low as I wanted them".

ALEX CRIVILL É ­ 11th ­ 45'51.426 World Championship Position: 9th ­ 112 Pts.

"My start wasn't good and on the first lap, I hit Sete. Once I got going again I started passing some other riders until I came up against Aoki. I kind of lost my pace behind him and found it hard to get by him. By the time I found a way past, the front guys were already a long way away. For the rest of the race I rode alone but I nearly lost the front on several occasions so I opted to play it safe and just concentrate on finishing the race. We didn't have the right set-up today. The change to the 16.5 inch tyre hasn't been easy for us".

<pre> Starting grid ­ Jacarepaguá- 500cc 1 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'51.058 2 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1'51.290 3 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'51.353 4 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 1'51.496 5 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1'51.608 6 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d'Antín Yamaha 1'51.749 7 K. Roberts Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1'51.822 8 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'51.946 9 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1'52.492 10 J. Vd.Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 1'52.572 11 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'52.649 12 A. Crivillé Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'52.781 13 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1'52.845 14 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 1'52.992 15 N. Aoki Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1'53.312

Race results ­ Jacarepaguá - 500cc 1 V. Rossi Nastro Azurro Honda Honda 45'22.624 2 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 45'23.594 3 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 45'26.070 4 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d'Antín Yamaha 45'26.192 5 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 45'26.333 6 K. Roberts Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 45'30.402 7 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 45'30.884 8 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 45'31.142 9 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 45'40.130 10 J. vd Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 45'45.878 11 A. Crivillé Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 45'51.426 12 N. Aoki Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 46'56.758 13 T. Harada Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 46'16.983 14 M. Willis Proton Team KR Modenas KR3 46'25.806 15 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 46'26.130 16 JL. Cardoso Maxon Dee Cee Jeans Honda 46'44.565 17 D. Tomas Sabre Sport Honda 45'28.424 18 Y. Konishi FCC TSR TSR-Honda 46'07.455

Not classified L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 3'51.101 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 6'02.962

Circuit Record Lap:     1997 Tadayuki Okada 1'51.928
Fastest lap:            V. Rossi 1'52.667 
Pole:                   Max Biaggi 1'51.058

AIR : 26º HUMIDITY : 53% GROUND : 34º

World championship standings ­ Jacarepaguá - 500cc Pos. Rider Points BRA 1 K. Roberts 224 10 2 V. Rossi 173 25 3 G. McCoy 150 16 4 C. Checa 142 1 5 A. Barros 141 20 6 M. Biaggi 129 11 7 N. Abe 126 13 8 L. Capirossi 126 - 9 A. Crivillé 112 5 10 N. Aoki 103 4 11 R. Laconi 96 8 12 T. Okada 94 7 13 J. vd.Goorbergh 80 6 14 S. Gibernau 68 9 15 J. McWilliams 66 - 16 T. Harada 33 3 17 D. De Gea 23 - 18 JL. Cardoso 19 - 19 Y. Konishi 15 - 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 L. Cadalora 3 - 27 M. Willis 3 2 28 A. Gobert 1 -

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Max Biaggi , Alex Criville , Sete Gibernau , Kenny Roberts Jr.
Teams Williams