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Apr 8, 2001

Rossi Beats McCoy And Biaggi To Win Japanese 500cc Grand Prix At Suzuka

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