Comunidad Valencia GP Repsol YPF Honda preview

COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA GRAND PRIX - CHESTE ROUND 13: 15th to 17th of September, 2000 REPSOL YPF HONDA LOOKING TO LEAVE EUROPE ON A HIGH This week-end¹s Grand Prix will be the last in Europe this season. After Valencia, it¹s back to the ...

COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA GRAND PRIX - CHESTE
ROUND 13: 15th to 17th of September, 2000

REPSOL YPF HONDA LOOKING TO LEAVE EUROPE ON A HIGH

This week-end¹s Grand Prix will be the last in Europe this season. After Valencia, it¹s back to the "long-haul" flyaway races with the Brazilian Grand Prix on October 7th followed by the Pacific and Australian Grand Prix.

Repsol YPF Honda¹s riders arrive in Valencia in high spirits, after a good Portuguese Grand Prix. Sete Gibernau has a lot to feel optimistic about. He led the race for the first few laps and then ran amongst the leaders until an unfortunate crash. But despite this disappointing end to his hopes for Portuguese Grand Prix glory, Gibernau has shown that he¹s back at his best. "I¹ve had a few days to recover from my Portuguese Grand Prix crash so I don¹t expect that my bruised back and neck will be too troublesome this week-end," Gibernau explains. "Riding in front of my home crowd always seems to give me an extra boost. I¹m obviously very optimistic for this race in light of our recent progress and especially the Portuguese Grand Prix, where I fought for a podium finish. Cheste is a difficult track. It¹s small and twisty and it¹s a very difficult track for a 500 so that you have to be very cautious on the throttle. But I¹m sure I will be scoring a good result for the team and the fans that are coming down to the Cheste circuit this week-end."

Alex Crivillé also has a lot to be optimistic about. The world champion left Portugal to head off to Catalunya, near Barcelona, where he was involved in a two-day test. He was the only member of the Repsol YPF Honda team to do the test, where he focused on preparing Honda¹s assault on the 2001 world championship. "We tested many different set-ups for 2001 and we made some good progress," Crivillé says. "I¹ve been enjoying myself more and more on the bike lately so I hope to do well in Valencia. This will only be the second time that we race there. Pre-season testing went well in Valencia, but it is a tight and twisty circuit where it¹s hard to overtake. Last year, the surface wasn¹t too grippy because it was so new, but when we went testing there in January, it had really improved so I¹m sure it will be perfect this week-end. Last year, the race didn¹t go as planned. It was raining and I crashed while trying to get back up towards the front of the race. But this time, I intend to do a lot better. The fans that will be coming to see us deserve no less!"

Tadayuki Okada finished fourth in last year¹s Valencia Grand Prix. He was seventh in Portugal this year, and also found he was getting on better with his Repsol YPF Honda. "It was the first time I was really enjoying riding the bike this year," he admits. "So now, for Valencia, I¹m hoping to take that one step further and turn it into a podium result. And when I say that, I¹m talking about being on top of the podium, of course!"

<pre> Starting grid in 1999: 1. R. Laconi 1¹36.132 2. M. Biaggi 1¹36.293 3. A. Crivillé 1¹36.304 4. T. Okada 1¹36.314 5. C. Checa 1¹36.344 6. N. Abe 1¹36.426 7. J. Kocinski 1¹36.433 8. G. McCoy 1¹36.493 9. K. Roberts 1¹36.505 10. A. Barros 1¹36.511 11. N. Aoki 1¹36.636 12. J. Borja 1¹36.782 13. J. Vd. Goorbergh 1¹36.834 14. S. Gibernau 1¹36.944 15. T. Harada 1¹37.025 16. M. Willis 1¹37.363 17. M. Hale 1¹37.622 18. D. De Gea 1¹37.791 19. JL. Cardoso 1¹37.996 20. S. Gimbert 1¹38.346

Race results in 1999: 1 R. Laconi 53¹23.825 2 K. Roberts 53¹27.373 3 G. McCoy 53¹28.434 4 T. Okada 53¹29.980 5 C. Checa 53¹45.856 6 N. Abe 53¹45.969 7 M. Biaggi 54¹00.810 8 J. Kocinski 54¹01.023 9 S. Gibernau 54¹07.201 10 A. Barros 54¹07.245 11 T. Harada 54¹33.303 12 N. Aoki 54¹36.566 13 S. Gimbert 54¹50.658 14 D. de Gea 55¹06.931 15 M. Hale 53¹31.755

Not classified A. Crivillé 45¹49.253

Length:         4.005 metres
Race distance:  120.15 kilometers
Pole position in 1999:  R. Laconi       1¹36.132
Fastest lap in 1999:    K. Roberts      1¹42.473
Circuit Record Lap:     New circuit

World Championship after Portugal 1 K. Roberts 194 2 V. Rossi 148 3 C. Checa 132 4 L. Capirossi 126 5 N. Abe 113 6 A. Barros 110 7 G. McCoy 109 8 A. Crivillé 107 9 M. Biaggi 102 10 N. Aoki 86 11 T. Okada 80 12 R. Laconi 78 13 J. vd. Goorbergh 68 14 J. McWilliams 66 15 S. Gibernau 51 16 T. Harada 30

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Criville , Sete Gibernau
Teams Williams