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Biaggi (500) and Katoh (250) Victorious at French GP

Marlboro Yamaha's Max Biaggi
Marlboro Yamaha’s Max Biaggi

Yamaha’s Max Biaggi ended the winnning streak of Valentino Rossi (Honda) today at the French GP. Yamaha took the top two podium positions, with Carlos Checa finishing behind Biaggi, and Rossi finishing third. Biaggi broke the lap record in the process of taking his victory.

The big news came in the 250 class where Honda’s Daijiro Katoh took his fourth straight victory (the first to do so since Mike Hailwood in 1966) in the 250 class. Katoh set the fastest lap of the race on the last lap to just edge out the Aprilia of Tetsuya Harada. Marco Melandri (Aprilia) bravely rode to third place despite dislocating his shoulder earlier this weekend.

250cc Final Race Results (Top 10)

1.	Daijiro Katoh		#74	HONDA
2.	Tetsuya Harada		#31	APRILIA
3.	Marco Melandri		#5	APRILIA
4.	Emilio Alzamora		#7	HONDA
5.	Fonsi Nieto		#10 	APRILIA
6.	Roberto Locatelli	#15	APRILIA
7.	Jeremy McWilliams	#99	APRILIA
8.	Sebastian Porto		#9	YAMAHA
9.	Roberto Rolfo		#44	APRILIA
10.	Alex Debon		#6	APRILIA	

500cc Final Race Results (Top 10)

1.	Max Biaggi		#3	YAMAHA
2.	Carlos Checa		#7	YAMAHA
3.	Valentino Rossi		#46	HONDA
4.	Norick Abe		#6	YAMAHA
5.	Alex  Criville		#28	HONDA
6.	Kenny Roberts		#1	SUZUKI
7.	Loris Capirossi		#65	HONDA
8.	Alex Barros		#4	HONDA
9.	Sete Gibernau		#15	SUZUKI
10.	Jurgen vd Goorbergh	#17	PROTON KR

250cc Points Standings (Top 10)

1.	Daijiro Katoh		#74	HONDA		100 pts.
2.	Tetsuya Harada		#31	APRILIA		76 pts.
3.	Marco Melandri		#5	APRILIA		62 pts.
4.	Roberto Locatelli	#15	APRILIA		47 pts.
5.	Fonsi Nieto		#10 	APRILIA		38 pts.
6.	Roberto Rolfo		#44	APRILIA		35 pts.
7.	Jeremy McWilliams	#99	APRILIA		33 pts.
8.	Naoki Matsudo		#8	YAMAHA		24 pts.
9.	Sebastian Porto		#9	YAMAHA		24 pts.
10.	Emilio Alzamora		#7	HONDA		23 pts.

500cc Points Standings (Top 10)

1.	Valentino Rossi		#46	HONDA		91 pts.
2.	Norick Abe		#6	YAMAHA		57 pts.
3.	Max Biaggi		#3	YAMAHA		54 pts.
4.	Loris Capirossi		#65	HONDA		45 pts.
5.	Alex  Criville		#28	HONDA		44 pts.
6.	Shinya Nakano		#56	YAMAHA		42 pts.
7.	Kenny Roberts		#1	SUZUKI		37 pts.
8.	Alex Barros		#4	HONDA		35 pts.
9.	Carlos Checa		#7	YAMAHA		28 pts.
10.	Garry McCoy		#5	YAMAHA		27 pts.