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Rossi claims victory after rain-affected race in Le Mans

Rossi claims victory after rain-affected race in Le Mans

Rossi claims victory after rain-affected race in Le Mans

Valentino Rossi secured his third victory of the season in Le Mans in a race which was stopped six laps prematurely after rain began to fall, leaving race chiefs no option but to end the action as track conditions became dangerous. At that moment, Rossi had just overtaken Ukawa, while Max Biaggi was hot on the heels of the Honda 4-strokes in third.

Off the starting line, the two Hondas and the Yamahas of Biaggi and Checa raced ahead of the rest of the field, and it remained that way until the Spaniard fell on the ninth lap when sitting at the back of the quartet. Moments later, Biaggi moved to the front of the field, although his lead only lasted until the Hondas began to push hard. Behind them, Abe closed up dangerously and then caught them as track conditions began to deteriorate in the drizzle. When the race was suspended, Abe finished fourth ahead of Kenny Roberts, while Kato had earlier fallen when he and Abe began their move towards the head of the field.

Rossi now has a 34 point advantage over team-mate Ukawa in the championship standings. He is some 50 ahead of Capirossi in third with just four rounds of the season gone. The World Champion has now claimed 3 wins and a second place.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2002, Polini Grand Prix de France

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