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Mick Doohan assesses the weekend action

Mick Doohan assesses the weekend action

The 500 race was pretty uneventful at the front, with Max Biaggi taking control from the line and never looking in any sort of trouble from there on in. He dominated the race, controlling the pace and pulling away with ease whenever he felt he needed to step it up. It looked like Checa would stay with him at the beginning but Max was in such good shape today he just couldn´t quite produce the goods, and lost out to a deserved and comfortable winner.

It was good to see Abe up there at the start of the race after his recent injury problems but unfortunately he was unable to keep the pace of the front two and he was eventually pulled back by Nakano. I thought Shinya had an excellent race and it is about time he got onto the podium. He has been riding extremely well for months now and things went his way today, getting close enough to Abe to take advantage over the last couple of laps to record his first ever podium. Congratulations Shinya, I´m sure there´ll be many more where that came from.

The rest of the field were stuck very close together, and there was a great battle going on in the second group. Alex Barros, Loris Capirossi, Valentino Rossi, Olivier Jacque, Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau were all battling it out and it made for some fantastic entertainment on a track which is very difficult to line up overtaking manoeuvres.

The end result for Valentino will have been a big disappointment for him, having dropped 16 points effectively to Max Biaggi. It certainly makes the Championship interesting though and the rest of the season should see some really tense action. Rossi dominated the early races but now it´s not looking so simple for him and he has really lost out here.

Have a nice break all and I´ll be writing for motograndprix.com again when the season gets back underway at the end of August.

Mick

Tags:
500cc, 2001

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