Apr 8, 2001
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Honda's Valentino Rossi beat Yamaha's Garry McCoy and Max Biaggi to win the Japanese 500cc Grand Prix at Suzuka, the three leaders crossing the line within a second. Defending 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts was seventh, and Leon Haslam was the 13th and final finisher, just behind 12th-place Haruchika Aoki.<BR><BR>Chris Walker and Jose Luis Cardoso crashed on the first lap; other crashers included Sete Gibernau, Noriyuki Haga, Carlos Checa, Akira Ryo and Tohru Ukawa. Retirees included Johan Stigefelt, Olivier Jacque and Mark Willis.<BR><BR>Results follow:<BR><BR>1. Valentino Rossi, Honda, 44:51.501<BR>2. Garry McCoy, Yamaha, -0.724 seconds<BR>3. Max Biaggi, Yamaha, -0.956<BR>4. Norick Abe, Yamaha, -1.176<BR>5. Shinya Nakano, Yamaha, -3.256<BR>6. Alex Barros, Honda, -14.515<BR>7. Kenny Roberts, Suzuki, -22.876<BR>8. Loris Capirossi, Honda, -28.732<BR>9. Alex Criville, Honda, -34.478<BR>10. Carlos Checa, Yamaha, -53.765<BR>11. Jurgen v.d. Goorbergh, Proton, -58.688<BR>12. Haruchika Aoki, Honda, -1:17.338<BR>13. Leon Haslam, Honda, -1:17.681