MotoGP Race Reports

Katoh claims Phillip Island.
10/14/2001 - 00:00

Having suffered the first retirement of his short, but illustrious, MotoGP career in Motegi one week ago, after tangling with the tumbling Marco Melandri, Daijiro Katoh returned to the top step of the podium for the ninth time this year at Phillip island today to increase his championship lead to 29 points with two races to go.

Ui outsmarts title rivals.
10/14/2001 - 00:00

Youichi Ui broke away from the eleven rider lead pack at Phillip Island and never looked back in today's 125cc Australian Grand Prix, while title rivals Manuel Poggiali and Toni Elias battled all the way to the flag in a thrilling duel for the remaining podium places, and vital championship points.

The heat was well and truly on 18-year-old Elias after the Spaniard lost the championship lead when he crashed out at Motegi one week ago, but matters were made much worse when he was left in just

Rossi on the brink as Biaggi bounces out.
10/07/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi stands on the brink of winning the 2001 500cc World Championship after Max Biaggi crashed out of the lead of today's Pacific Grand Prix, handing victory - and a 67 point lead - to the Honda rider, with three rounds left and a possible 75 points available.

Loris Capirossi had upstaged championship rivals - and fellow countrymen - Rossi and Biaggi to take pole in yesterday's second qualifying session (his third this year) and a new circuit record in the process.

Harada takes victory, Katoh clashes with Melandri.
10/07/2001 - 00:00

Early race leader Tetsuya Harada looked like having a fight on his hands to stop Daijiro Katoh carving through the field in today's 250cc Pacific Grand Prix at Motegi, but when second placed man Marco Melandri crashed from his Aprilia, Katoh found himself with no-where to go...

Ui dominates as Elias' title hopes take a tumble.
10/07/2001 - 00:00

Youichi Ui won his home GP at Motegi in dominating fashion this afternoon in Japan as the Derbi rider produced a near start to finish victory, while World Championship leader Toni Elias crashed out of contention after an early race error - leaving his young teammate Daniel Pedrosa to fight for second place with his title rival Manual Poggiali.

Pole sitter Ui had made a promising start, but lost the lead to Elias into turn one with Poggiali slotting into third ahead of Azuma as the four front

Sete wins first 500 GP!
09/23/2001 - 00:00

Sete Gibernau capped off an astounding day's racing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia by taking his maiden 500c MotoGP victory in a thrilling race that saw many of the top riders starting on slick tyres despite the circuit being very damp and slippery.

Gibernau scored his long first win in front of more than 120,000 frantic and passionate Spaniard's at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia after a superbly skilful ride on slick tyres around the 2.28-mile Spanish circuit.

Unstoppable Katoh does it again.
09/23/2001 - 00:00

Daijiro Katoh once again demoralised the 250cc Grand Prix field with a commanding performance in a rain interrupted race at Valencia beating Tetsuya Harada by almost five seconds despite a typically gritty performance from the Aprilia rider.

Local heroes Fonsi Nieto and Alex Debon may have stolen the 250cc limelight in qualifying at Valencia but once again race day was all about factory Honda star Katoh who took another step towards the title with a dominant performance despite starting a low

Poggiali snatches classic 125 win.
09/23/2001 - 00:00

In one of the most exiting race seen this, or any other year, Manuel Poggiali went from fourth on entering the final corner to the lead as he edged out Championship rival Toni Elias by a mere 0.022seconds following a race long ten bike scrap for the win at Valencia.

Rossi rules in Estoril - Biaggi crashes again.
09/09/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi absorbed race long pressure from Loris Capirossi to take a sensational seventh win of the year at the Portuguese Grand Prix today,

Katoh destroys the opposition.
09/09/2001 - 00:00

Daijiro Katoh worked his way steadily to the front in today's Portuguese 250cc Grand Prix - then never looked back, finishing a massive 16.9secs ah

Poggiali takes photo-finish victory in Estoril.
09/09/2001 - 00:00

Manuel Poggiali beat Youichi Ui to victory in today's Portuguese Grand Prix after a thrilling photo finish saw the San Marian take the flag by just

Rossi handed victory as Biaggi bites the dust.
08/26/2001 - 00:00

The 500cc Czech Grand Prix was shaping up to be another epic duel between Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi, before Biaggi crashed out of the lead at

Harada wins as Katoh, Melandri fight to the flag.
08/26/2001 - 00:00

Tetsuya Harada dominated today's 250cc Czech Grand Prix to take his second victory of the year, while all attention was focused on the Melandri/Kat

Superb last lap victory for Elias.
08/26/2001 - 00:00

Toni Elias made a perfectly timed last lap move on Simone Sanna to win the 125cc Czech Grand Prix, while Sanna crashed spectacularly out of second

Sanna storms the Sachsenring.
07/22/2001 - 00:00

San Marian star Simone Sanna (#16) won an incredibly close 125cc German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, after a four way dice for the lead went all

The Roman Emperor reigns in Germany.
07/22/2001 - 00:00

Max Biaggi claimed a perfect lights-to-flag victory in the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, heading a Marlboro Yamaha one-two with Carlos Chec

Fantastic first 250 win for Melandri.
07/22/2001 - 00:00

Marco Melandri won his first 250 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring after a fantastic late race charge saw him catch and then pass race leader Daijiro K

Eleven to won for Rossi.
07/08/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi came from eleventh on the grid to take a spectacular victory in the 500cc British Grand Prix at Donington Park amidst scenes of joy

Katoh steamroller flattens Donington.
07/08/2001 - 00:00

Daijiro Katoh obliterated the 250cc field at Donington Park.

Ui bounces back with Donington win.
07/08/2001 - 00:00

Youichi Ui scored his second victory of the 2001 season.

First win for Elias at wet Assen.
06/30/2001 - 00:00

Toni Elias took a thrilling first ever grand prix victory in the 125cc race at Assen today, the 18 year old rookie surviving the treacherous condit

Biaggi wins as rain stops play at Assen.
06/30/2001 - 00:00

With five laps to go the 500cc Dutch GP was shaping up for yet another thrilling battle between Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi, but then 'out of th

Majestic first win for McWilliams!
06/30/2001 - 00:00

There could not have been a more deserving winner of the 250cc Grand Prix at the daunting 6km Assen track, as Jeremy McWilliams dominated the Dutch

Just what the Doctor ordered.
06/17/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi fought back from a first corner clash with Alex Criville and Sete Gibernau, to win the 500cc Catalan Grand Prix in dominating fashi