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MotoGPAugust 25, Race Results
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 10

Kato Second in Four-Stroke Debut.

Italian Max Biaggi (Marlboro Yamaha) won his first grand prix of the season with victory in the 22-lap Czech MotoGP race. Biaggi beat Japanese star Daijiro Kato to the line by 2.7s. Reigning 250cc World Champion Kato could not have imagined such a result on his race debut for Team Fortuna Honda Gresini on their RC211V Honda four-stroke.

Kato's fellow countryman Tohru Ukawa (REPSOL Honda) rode a heroic race to finish third, having survived a high speed crash in the morning pre-race warm up session.

Sete Gibernau (Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki) scored his best result of the season while finishing fourth. Loris Capirossi (West Honda Pons) finished fifth on his return to racing following his two-race absence due to injury. The diminutive Italian ended the race in great pain from his damaged wrist.

Championship leader and reigning 500cc World Champion Valentino Rossi was on Biaggi's tail for 15 of the 22 laps, and beginning to threaten his rival when his tyre delaminated forcing him into the pits to take new rubber. He returned to the fray in 18th and last place. Rossi still holds a massive 80-point lead over Ukawa in the championship chase with six races remaining in the series. Biaggi is third a further six points behind Rossi.

World Championship leader Marco Melandri (MS Aprilia) won his seventh 250cc grand prix of the season to open a 37 point lead over Fonsi Nieto (Telefonica MoviStar Repsol Aprilia). Melandri survived a memorable battle with Nieto and Roberto Rolfo (Team Fortuna Honda Gresini) to win the 20-lap race. Sebastian Porto (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha) finished a fine second ahead of Toni Elias and his teammate Nieto.

Young Australian Casey Stoner (Safilo Oxydo Aprilia) finished fifth, his best 250 result to date. Randy de Puniet was sixth ahead of Roberto Locatelli (Tu Racing Aprilia) and Naoki Matsudo (Dark Dog Yamaha), who won a sprint to the line with Haruchika Aoki (DeGraaf RS250R-W Honda). David Garcia, deputising for the injured Emilio Alzamora at Team Fortuna Honda Gresini, finished in a 10th place, a commendable first ever ride on an NSR250.

Lucio Cecchinello (Safilo Oxydo Aprilia) won a superb 125cc battle to take his third grand prix of the season, outfighting Dani Pedrosa and Arnaud Vincent over a 19-lap thriller. Young Spaniard Hector Barbera (Master Aprilia) was fourth, beating reigning World Champion Manuel Poggiali (Gilera) to the line.

The race had been a memorable affair in which no less than six riders led at one point or another. Cecchinello now holds fourth place in the championship but is well adrift of leader Poggiali who has 171 points, two more than Vincent and 11 more than Pedrosa.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 10

1 M.Biaggi (Yamaha)
2 D.Kato (Honda RC211V)
3 T.Ukawa (Honda RC211V)
4 S.Gibernau (Suzuki)
5 C.Checa (Yamaha)
6 L.Capirossi (Honda NSR500)
7 J.McWilliams (Proton KR)
8 N.Abe (Yamaha)
9 A.Barros (Honda NSR500)
10 O.Jacque (Yamaha)
11 K.Roberts Jr. (Suzuki)
12 J-v.Goorbergh (Honda NSR500)
13 G.Mccoy (Yamaha)
14 A.Ryo (Suzuki)
15 T.Harada (Honda NSR500)

1 M.Melandri (Aprilia)
2 S.Porto (Yamaha)
3 A.Elias (Aprilia)
4 F.Nieto (Aprilia)
5 C.Stoner (Aprilia)
6 R-D.Puniet (Aprilia)
7 R.Locatelli (Aprilia)
8 N.Matsudo (Yamaha)
9 H.Aoki (Honda RS250R)
10 D.Garcia (Honda NSR250)
11 R.Waldmann (Aprilia)
12 J.Vincent (Honda NSR250)
13 A.Debon (Aprilia)
14 D.Heidolf (Aprilia)
15 R.Jara (Aprilia)
1 L.Cecchinello (Aprilia)
2 D.Pedrosa (Honda RS125R)
3 A.Vincent (Aprilia)
4 H.Barbera (Aprilia)
5 M.Poggiali (Gilera)
6 S.Jenkner (Aprilia)
7 S.Sanna (Aprilia)
8 A-D.Angelis (Aprilia)
9 G.Borsoi (Aprilia)
10 M.Kallio (Honda RS125R)
11 G.Talmacsi (Honda RS125R)
12 M.Azuma (Honda RS125R)
13 S.Bianco (Aprilia)
14 M.Giansanti (Honda RS125R)
15 M.Sabbatani (Honda RS125R)

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