Czech GP Marlboro Yamaha back at the top

CZECH GRAND PRIX, BRNO Race Day, Sunday August 20 2000 Marlboro Yamaha Team duo Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa had a contrasting day at Brno. Biaggi scored one of the most emphatic wins of the year while Checa struggled manfully to make the best of...

Race Day, Sunday August 20 2000

Marlboro Yamaha Team duo Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa had a contrasting day at Brno. Biaggi scored one of the most emphatic wins of the year while Checa struggled manfully to make the best of a difficult weekend eventually coming home 11th. Biaggi’s stunning victory is just the lift the team needed after an unusually barren spell. Now, after staying on at Brno for testing, the team heads for Estoril (Portugal) with its customary confidence, aiming to dominate once again.

"That’s what you call awesome," smiled Marlboro Yamaha Team manager Geoff Crust. "Max dominated all weekend and he dominated in the race. Max is a perfectionist and once he’s found the level of performance he wants, he’s unstoppable. This is a great result for the team. We wanted a lift and we got one. We’ve got to regroup behind Carlos, find the missing ingredient and he’ll be right back up there."


Marlboro Yamaha Team star Max Biaggi romped away with the Czech Grand Prix at a track he has dominated at for most of his Grand Prix career. No one could hold a candle to the Roman Emperor as he imperiously destroyed his rivals in punishing conditions. This is his sixth win in seven outings here and despite taking several risks to break the opposition in the early stages, he built up a ten second cushion and took the flag comfortably, wheelying his way through the final lap.

"I wanted this victory more than anything," smiled Max. "This is a great day after a very difficult first part of the season. I've made a few mistakes this year and I recognise that, but you I want to win and you have to take risks to do that. Even today I had to take risks. But today the bike worked well and I have to thank my team for that.

"I had my fingers crossed because I changed my tyres at the last minute on the grid because I thought I felt a slight vibration. Of course, I couldn't be 100% sure the new ones would be good but they were. I made a good start but Loris (Capirossi) passed me but I attacked him back and tried to get the race run at my pace. The bike was sliding quite a bit but I just concentrated hard in the hot conditions all the way. This is exactly the result I need. I thought of trying one of my special finish-line wheelies, then I thought better of it."


Gutsy Marlboro Yamaha Team rider Carlos Checa is putting a poor weekend behind him. After struggling to feel comfortable with his machine and being brave enough to admit the problem might be with himself, the resilient Spaniard is looking only forward and knows that a typically towering performance at Estoril can lift him up back where he should be – in contention again.

"I’m very satisfied for the team, but I’m focused on myself and I wasn’t looking good today," said a generous Carlos, who had qualified 15th after two falls in practice. "I’m still not at ease on the bike and that could be a loss of confidence from Germany last month. But we’ve reached a few conclusions about things. We’ve got some work to do and we’ll do it."


Valentino Rossi (Honda) had to be content with second place after going all out to catch runaway winner Max Biaggi in the early stages. He battled with eventual third place finisher Garry McCoy throughout despite abusing his front tyre in the first few laps..

"It’s always fun watching Garry," said Rossi. "You could sell tickets to get behind and watch him! But my tactics were wrong. I pushed too hard in the early stages trying to catch Max and that lost me some front grip later on."


Garry McCoy (Yamaha) ran a typically spectacular race, smoking his rear tyre all the way. But he had no answer to Max’s mighty showing. Locked in battle with Rossi for the second half of the race, front-end difficulties eventually forced him to settle for a fighting third.

"I was looking forward to today," said Gazza. "I did have a few front end problems, but even so I thought I could catch him on the last lap but then I got held up. Other than the heat, it was still pretty challenging."

<pre> RACE RESULT 1. MAX BIAGGI (ITA) Marlboro YAMAHA Team 45'31.918 2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Nastro Azzuro HONDA +6.641 3. Garry McCoy (AUS) Red Bull YAMAHA WCM +8.627 4. Kenny Roberts (USA) Telefonica Movistar SUZUKI +12.106 5. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Emerson HONDA Pons +16.083 6. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Repsol YPF HONDA Team +22.388 7. Alex Criville (SPA) Repsol YPF HONDA Team +22.640 8. Nobuatsu Aoki (JPN) Telefonica Movistar SUZUKI +22.830 9. Jeremy McWilliams (GBR) Blu APRILIA Team +23.002 10. Tadayuki Okada (JPN) Repsol YPF HONDA Team +24.525 11. CARLOS CHECA (SPA) Marlboro YAMAHA Team +29.560

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS 1. Roberts 174 2. Rossi 132 3. CHECA 128 4. Capirossi 123 5. Abe 106 6. Barros 104 7. Criville 97 8. Biaggi 89 9. Aoki 86 10. McCoy 84

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Garry McCoy , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Alex Criville , Jeremy McWilliams , Sete Gibernau , Kenny Roberts Jr. , Nobuatsu Aoki
Teams Williams