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MotoGP riders take rivalry to four-wheels

MotoGP riders take rivalry to four-wheels

MotoGP riders take rivalry to four-wheels

MotoGP riders had the chance to get one over on each other ahead of the Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix today, as they took to the go-kart track built within the extensive facilities of the state-of-the-art Sepang circuit. Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa, Kenny Roberts, Alex Barros, Norick Abe, Jurgen vd Goorbergh and Regis Laconi were some of the big names who took part in a highly competitive ten-lap race, but the star of the show was undoubtedly 250cc Australian prodigy Casey Stoner.

The 16 year old set pole position by almost a clear second from Laconi but was sent to the back of the grid as the qualifying positions were reversed for the race. Stoner kept a steely calm, however, as he stormed his way through the field, sending Rossi into the gravel before hunting down runaway leader Abe. Within a couple of laps the youngster was giving the Japanese star all sorts of problems and eventually passed him with ease and went on to take the chequered flag by a clear margin.

Back in the pack the battle raged between the more senior riders, with Rossi and Biaggi in particular enjoying a tussle with British youngster Leon Haslam. Other notable battles took place between Checa and Laconi and vd Goorbergh and Roberts, with the go-karts eventually being returned to the circuit officials in distinctly worse condition than they were at the start of the race. Barros stayed clear of the melee to join Stoner and Abe on the podium.

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MotoGP, 2002, Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

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