MotoGP » 9 July 2000
Rossi wins despite McWilliams grit.
Azuma's presence almost settled the race result, as an opportunistic move on Ueda caused both Ui and Alzamora to come almost to a standstill at Fogartys. Ui then made another mistake at the Melbourne hairpin, and allowed the Spaniard to get ahead for the first time in the race. He could not pull away, however, and Ui quickly re-established his advantage when the Telefonica-backed bike ran wide at McLeans next time around.
Azuma's progress took him to the front on the road with just under a lap to run and, although, Ueda managed to retake the lead at Coppice, Azuma was back in control for the run to the flag. His climb through the field was good enough to net the Benetton rider fifth overall, while Ueda pipped Locatelli for third, and his fourth Donington Park podium.
''In the first race, I made a big mistake at the start and lost touch with the leading group,'' Nobby said, ''I concentrated much harder the second time around and, when I got to the front, I could see that Ui's bike was not as fast as before. I tried to keep consistent each lap, and the team was giving me the gap to Locatelli so I knew where I was. When this got to zero, I tried to push faster, and I am very happy with third place for the championship.''
The race for the win went Ui's way, despite a last lap lunge from Alzamora, giving the Japanese his fourth win of the year, and Derbi its first at Donington. Alzamora, meanwhile, revealed that he was more than happy with second, after two no-scores in recent races.
''I was just thinking about the gap to Alzamora in the second race,'' Ui explained, ''I was riding at about 80 percent, and it was easy to do.''
Giansanti's better second race netted him sixth, ahead of the inconsistent Cecchinello, while Jaroslav Hules put in another solid performance to take eighth for Italjet. The Czech's British team-mate Leon Haslam was 19th.
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