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MotoGPSeptember 23, Race Results
Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Round 12 Valencia GP (Valencia, Spain)

2nd for Barros, 11th for Rossi in Rain-Disrupted Race,
Katoh Clinches 8th Win in 250cc!


At the Valencia Grand Prix, Round 12 and the last European race of the season, the 125cc race was run in dry conditions, the 250cc event was interrupted by rain, and the 500cc race was made difficult by wet conditions becoming dry later on.
500cc standings leader Valentino Rossi was 2nd fastest in qualifying and got off to a terrific start, but his tire selection of a cut front and intermediate rear proved wrong and he finished back in 11th place. His lead in the championship race is still secure, however, as closest rival Max Biaggi could only manage 10th place. This is a big step towards a first ever 500cc title for Rossi. Sete Gibernau (Suzuki) came out the eventual winner in a fiercely contested battle with Alex Barros, who finished in 2nd, and Kenny Roberts (Suzuki). Tohru Ukawa moved up the field in the second half of the race to take 6th position.
The 250cc event was a split race due to rain, and Daijiro Katoh finished first in both heats to win his 8th race of the season and, like Rossi, take a huge step towards the championship title.
Manuel Poggiali (Gilera) won the 125cc class event, but Toni Elias held onto the championship lead with a 2nd place finish. Pedorossa grabbed 3rd place and his first podium place.


Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Round 12 Valencia GP (Valencia, Spain)


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500cc
1 S.GIBERNAU (Telefonica Movistar Suzuki)
2 A.BARROS (West Honda PONS)
3 K.ROBERTS (Telefonica Movistar Suzuki)
4 C.CHECA (Marlboro Yamaha Team)
5 O.JACQUE (Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3)
6 T.UKAWA (REPSOL YPF HONDA)
7 S.NAKANO (Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3)
8 N.ABE (Antena 3 Yamaha-d'Antin)
9 J.VD GOORBERGH (Proton TEAM KR)
10 M.BIAGGI(Marlboro Yamaha Team)
11 V.ROSSI(NASTRO AZZURRO Honda)
12 G.McCOY(Red Bull Yamaha WCM)
13 A.WEST(Dee Cee Jeans Racing Team)
14 J.STIGEFELT(Sabre Sport)
15 B.VENEMAN(Dee Cee Jeans Racing Team)
250cc
1 D.KATOH (TEAM TELEFONICA MOVISTAR Honda)
2 T.HARADA (MS Aprilia Racing)
3 F.NIETO (Valencia Circuit Aspar Team)
4 E.ALZAMORA (TEAM TELEFONICA MOVISTAR Honda)
5 J.McWILLIAMS (MS Aprilia Racing)
6 N.MATSUDO (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha TVK)
7 R.LOCATELLI (MS Eros Ramazzotti Racing)
8 R.ROLFO (Safilo Oxydo Race)
9 A.DEBON (Valencia Circuit Aspar Team)
10 R.DE PUNIET (Equipe de France - Scrab GP)
11 D.CHECA (Team Fomma)
12 S.YUZY (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha TVK)
13 S.PORTO (Dark Dog Yamaha Kurz)
14 F.BATTAINI (MS Eros Ramazzotti Racing)
15 D.DE GEA (Antena 3 Yamaha-d'Antin)
125cc
1 M.POGGIALI (Gilera Racing Team)
2 A.ELIAS (Telefonica Movistar jnr Team)
3 D.PEDROSA (Telefonica Movistar jnr Team)
4 Y.UI (L & M Derbi Team)
5 G.BORSOI (LAE - UGT 3000)
6 S.SANNA (Safilo Oxydo Race)
7 S.JENKNER (LAE - UGT 3000)
8 L.CECCHINELLO (MS Aprilia LCR)
9 M.SABBATANI (Bossini Fontana Racing)
10 J.OLIVE (Telefonica Movistar jnr Team)
11 G.TALMACSI (Racing Service)
12 S.PERUGINI (Italjet Racing Team)
13 M.GIANSANTI (Axo Racing Team)
14 P.NIETO (L & M Derbi Team)
15 A.RODRIGUEZ (Valencia Circuit Aspar Team)


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