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Rossi (500) and Katoh (250) Victorious at Catalunya GP

Honda’s Valentino Rossi, despite a horrible start that found him in 15th position at the end of lap one, came through to win the Catalunya 500 GP race in convincing style over second place Max Biaggi (Yamaha). Rossi, once again, looked almost unbeatable today and, should he stay on two wheels the rest of the year, is surely on his way to the championship. Defending champion Kenny Roberts (Suzuki) crashed out of the race, and was unhurt. Roberts, lying tenth in the championship points race, now has virtually no chance of defending his title.

Honda’s Daijiro Katoh continues to dominate the 250 class with another victory today in Catalunya ahead of several Aprilas, including Tetsuya Harada in second. Katoh has won five of the six GP races this year.

500cc Final Race Results (Top 10)

1.	Valentino Rossi		#46	HONDA
2.	Max Biaggi		#3	YAMAHA
3.	Loris Capirossi		#65	HONDA
4.	Shinya Nakano		#56	YAMAHA
5.	Sete Gibernau		#15	SUZUKI
6.	Norick Abe		#6	YAMAHA
7.	Tohru Ukawa		#11	HONDA
8.	Carlos Checa		#7	YAMAHA
9.	Jurgen vd Goorbergh	#17	PROTON KR
10.	Noriyuki Haga		#41	YAMAHA

250cc Final Race Results (Top 10)

1.	Daijiro Katoh		#74	HONDA
2.	Tetsuya Harada		#31	APRILIA
3.	Roberto Rolfo		#44	APRILIA
4.	Roberto Locatelli	#15	APRILIA
5.	Fonsi Nieto		#10 	APRILIA
6.	Jeremy McWilliams	#99	APRILIA
7.	Emilio Alzamora		#7	HONDA
8.	Randy De Puniet		#81	APRILIA	
9.	Alex Hofmann		#66	APRILIA
10.	Naoki Matsudo		#8	YAMAHA

500cc Points Standings (Top 10)

1.	Valentino Rossi		#46	HONDA		116 pts.
2.	Max Biaggi		#3	YAMAHA		90 pts.
3.	Loris Capirossi		#65	HONDA		81 pts.
4.	Norick Abe		#6	YAMAHA		74 pts.
5.	Shinya Nakano		#56	YAMAHA		63 pts.
6.	Alex Criville		#4	HONDA		62 pts.
7.	Alex Barros		#28	HONDA		60 pts.
8.	Tohru Ukawa		#11	HONDA		45 pts.
9.	Sete Gibernau		#15	SUZUKI		40 pts.
10.	Kenny Roberts		#1	SUZUKI		37 pts.

250cc Points Standings (Top 10)

1.	Daijiro Katoh		#74	HONDA		131 pts.
2.	Tetsuya Harada		#31	APRILIA		121 pts.
3.	Marco Melandri		#5	APRILIA		78 pts.
4.	Roberto Locatelli	#15	APRILIA		73 pts.
5.	Roberto Rolfo		#44	APRILIA		71 pts.
6.	Fonsi Nieto		#10 	APRILIA		60 pts.
7.	Jeremy McWilliams	#99	APRILIA		43 pts.
8.	Emilio Alzamora		#7	HONDA		42 pts.
9.	Naoki Matsudo		#8	YAMAHA		34 pts.
10.	Alex Hofmann		#66	APRILIA		27 pts.