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MotoGPJune 16, Race Results
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 6
Catalunya GP, Catalunya

Rossi-Ukawa and Honda RC211V Take One-Two at Catalunya

Reigning Senior World Champion Valentino Rossi (REPSOL Honda) raced to his fifth MotoGP victory out of six races run so far this season. The Italian led home fellow RC211V four-stroke Honda rider Tohru Ukawa to take a stranglehold on the world championship. Rossi now leads Ukawa by 48 points, with Loris Capirossi, sixth in today's race and a massive 80 points behind Rossi, in third place.

Ukawa had led on the opening lap from the Marlboro Yamaha's of Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi. The four riders rode close together until Rossi hit the front on lap 15, when he and Ukawa streaked away to take a decisive eight second victory over the Yamaha's.

The West Honda Pons two-stroke NSR500's of Alex Barros and Capirossi finished fifth and sixth.

Marco Melandri (MS Aprilia) won his second 250cc grand prix in succession to close the gap with championship leader Fonsi Nieto (Telefonica MoviStar Aprilia) to just six points. Melandri led each of the 23 laps of the race to win by two seconds from the fast finishing Roberto Rolfo on the Team Fortuna Honda Gresini NSR250. Rolfo outfought Nieto over the closing laps to claim second place and consolidate his third position in the championship, 21 points down on Nieto.

Reigning 125cc World Champion Manuel Poggialli scored his third win of the 2002 season with the narrowest possible victory in a memorable 22 lap 125cc race. Poggiali had dueled with young Spaniard Dani Pedrosa over the entire race distance but had to rely on a fast sprint to the line to beat his rival by 0.19 seconds, just half the length of a machine.

Steve Jenkner finished a solid third well clear of a spectacular battle for fourth lace won by Lucio Cecchinello (Safilo Oxydo Aprilia). Simone Sanna (Tu Racing Aprilia) was fifth with Pedrosa's teammate, Joan Olive, sixth.

Prior to the start of the day's racing Alex Criville bade an emotional farewell to his army of fans with one lap of the Catalunya track on his 1999 World Championship winning NSR500 REPSOL Honda. The machine had been presented to Criville at a special ceremony on Saturday night by Mr. Katsuki Ukiana, Vice President of Honda Racing Corporation.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 6
Catalunya GP, Catalunya

1 V.Rossi (Honda RC211V)
2 T.Ukawa (Honda RC211V)
3 C.Checa (Yamaha)
4 M.Biaggi (Yamaha)
5 A.Barros (Honda NSR500)
6 L.Capirossi (Honda NSR500)
7 K.Roberts Jr. (Suzuki)
8 D.Kato (Honda NSR500)
9 O.Jacque (Yamaha)
10 J.Hopkins (Yamaha)
11 A.Ryo (Suzuki)
12 J.McWilliams (Proton KR)
13 T.Harada (Honda NSR500)
14 R.Laconi (Aprilia)
15 P.Riba (Yamaha)

1 M.Melandri (Aprilia)
2 R.Rolfo (Honda NSR250)
3 F.Nieto (Aprilia)
4 R-D.Puniet (Aprilia)
5 F.Battaini (Aprilia)
6 C.Stoner (Aprilia)
7 N.Matsudo (Yamaha)
8 S.Yuzy (Yamaha)
9 E.Alzamora (Honda NSR250)
10 A.Elias (Aprilia)
11 H.Aoki (Honda RS250R)
12 D.Checa (Aprilia)
13 A.Debon (Aprilia)
14 H.Marchand (Aprilia)
15 R.Jara (Aprilia)
1 M.Poggiali (Gilera)
2 D.Pedrosa (Honda RS125R)
3 S.Jenkner (Aprilia)
4 L.Cecchinello (Aprilia)
5 S.Sanna (Aprilia)
6 J.Olive (Honda RS125R)
7 S.Bianco (Aprilia)
8 P.Nieto (Aprilia)
9 M.Kallio (Honda RS125R)
10 M.Giansanti (Honda RS125R)
11 A.Vincent (Aprilia)
12 A.Ballerini (Honda RS125R)
13 A.perugini (Italjet)
14 J.Lorenzo (Derbi)
15 M.Azuma (Honda RS125R)

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