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Repsol YPF Honda Team

Repsol YPF Honda Team

Mixed fortunes for the riders of Team Repsol YPF Honda at the British Grand Prix in Donington Park. Whereas Alex Crivillé celebrated a happy end of a difficult weekend, making up position by position to finally cross the line in seventh position, his team-mate Tohru Ukawa lost all options for a strong finish with a stop and go-penalty (the rider has to enter pit lane and wait five seconds at a certain spot), consequence of an accidental jump start that the race direction had detected after reviewing the video tapes. The race was won by the current world championship leader Valentino Rossi, who stretched his lead in the classification to 26 points over the seocond in the race and in the championship, Rossi´s Italian compatriot Max Biaggi.

Tohru Ukawa 16º - 1´33.75830 laps, 120 Km

´I´m not aware of having jumped the start, and until the very moment that I was showed the ´stop and go´ board, I didn´t have any idea that there was a problem. I actually had quite a slow start, but if you take into account that I was far back on the grid, it wasn´t that bad either. I settled into the group of Nakano and Crivillé, and I rode very comfortably with them. This morning, in the warm-up session, we tried some changes on my bike that improved its behaviour. And then I was punished with this penalty, and when I had completed the pit stop, the race was over for me. I lost the concentration and there was nothing more I could do.´

Alex Crivillé 7º - 1´33.67730 laps, 120 Km

´In the last moment before the race, knowing that nothing had worked out for us in the practice sessions, we opted for settings that I had used previously, and the bike worked much better then. I finished in front of fast riders like Roberts and Capirossi, and I think I rode a good race. It´s a pity that I had to start from row four on the grid, because when you are so far back at the start, it’s difficult to keep the front runners from escaping like they did today. This weekend was really tough for us, because we tried a lot of things like changing the geometry of the motorcycle, and this really delayed our progress. For the race, we finally went back to what we knew, and this turned out to be the right decision.´

500cc, 2001

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