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MotoGPMay 19, Race Results
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 4
France GP, Le Mans

Rossi and RCV Rock & Roll to Le Mans Victory.

Italian Superstar Valentino Rossi raced to his third win in four MotoGP races this season with a calculated victory in the French Grand Prix, run at Le Mans, today. The 28 lap race was red flagged after 21 laps, rain falling at the back of the circuit. When the red flag was thrown Rossi and his REPSOL Honda-mate Tohru Ukawa were holding the top two places, half a second clear of Max Biaggi (Marlboro Yamaha).

Norrick Abe (Antena Tre Yamaha) took a fine fourth place 1.5 seconds down on Rossi and a massive seven seconds ahead of Kenny Roberts (Telephonic MoviStar Suzuki). Nobuatsu Aoki got a terrific start on the Proton KR and finished a superb sixth. West Honda Pons riders Loris Capirossi and Alex Barros were next home in seventh and eighth places respectively.

Fonsi Nieto (Telefonica MoviStar Aprilia) took his second consecutive 250cc grand prix win to end Honda's run of nine wins in a row. Nieto shadowed early leaders Roberto Locatelli (Tu Racing Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (MS Aprilia) before moving into the lead. Once in front he fought out a tremendous duel with Melandri. Nieto led at the end of each lap until the finish but Melandri headed the Spaniard out on the track. The decision went to Nieto half way round the last lap when he cut inside Melandri and held him off until the flag.

Randy de Puniet won a last lap sprint to the line to push Locatelli back into fourth. Roberto Rolfo took fifth for Team Fortuna Honda Gresini, with teammate Emilio Alzamora in seventh place.

Lucio Cecchinello (Safilo Oxydo Aprilia) won the 125cc grand prix, his second successive victory. The diminutive Italian did not buckle under the constant pressure applied by world champion Manuel Poggiali (Gilera) and fast finishing Dani Pedrosa (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team). The win edged Cecchinello closer to series leader Arnaud Vincent (Imola Circuit Aprilia) who finished fourth in the race. Masao Azuma had run a heroic race to get back on terms after losing several places, but made a hash of the last turn and ended the race fifth.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 4
France GP, Le Mans

1 V.Rossi (Honda RC211V)
2 T.Ukawa (Honda RC211V)
3 M.Biaggi (Yamaha)
4 N.Abe (Yamaha)
5 K.Roberts Jr. (Suzuki)
6 N.Aoki (Proton KR)
7 L.Capirossi (Honda NSR500)
8 A.Barros (Honda NSR500)
9 R.Laconi (Aprilia)
10 J.McWilliams (Proton KR)
11 J.Hopkins (Yamaha)
12 S.Gibernau (Suzuki)
13 S.Nakano (Yamaha)
14 J-M.Bayle (Yamaha)
15 J-v.Goorbergh (Honda NSR500)

V.ROSSI (Honda RC211V)
V.ROSSI (Honda RC211V)

1 F.Nieto (Aprilia)
2 M.Melandri (Aprilia)
3 R-D.Puniet (Aprilia)
4 R.Locatelli (Aprilia)
5 R.Rolfo (Honda NSR250)
6 A.Elias (Aprilia)
7 E.Alzamora (Honda NSR250)
8 S.Porto (Yamaha)
9 A.Debon (Aprilia)
10 D.Checa (Aprilia)
11 N.Matsudo (Yamaha)
12 T.Sekiguchi (Yamaha)
13 S.Yuzy (Yamaha)
14 H.Faubel (Aprilia)
15 J.Vincent (Honda RS250R)
1 L.Cecchinello (Aprilia)
2 M.Poggiali (Gilera)
3 D.Pedrosa (Honda RS125R)
4 A.Vincent (Aprilia)
5 M.Azuma (Honda RS125R)
6 P.Nieto (Aprilia)
7 S.Bianco (Aprilia)
8 M.Kallio (Honda RS125R)
9 A.Dovizioso (Honda RS125R)
10 G.Borsoi (Aprilia)
11 S.Jenkner (Aprilia)
12 M.Giansanti (Honda RS125R)
13 M.Sabbatani (Aprilia)
14 K.Nohles (Honda RS125R)
15 H.Barbera (Aprilia)

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