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JAPANESE GP, SUZUKA - 7 APRIL 2002 / ROUND 1 OF 16

A new chapter in the spectacular 53 year history of
Grand Prix racing will open this Sunday at Suzuka, Japan. New regulations
will see a grid full of two, three and four cylinder two-stroke machines
pitted against a range of 4-stroke three, four and five cylinder powered
bikes. The all new Repsol backed Honda RC211V will make its racing debut
with reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and team-mate Tohru
Ukawa aboard. The pair have had a hectic time testing over the winter
developing the 5-cylinder machine in Australia, Malaysia Japan and in
Spain. The new pairing represent a formidable force for 2002. Rossi, 23,
has already won the 125cc, 250cc and the 500cc World Championships and is
showing blistering pace on the new machine. His team-mate, Tohru Ukawa, 28,
currently holds the lap record at Suzuka and is a veteran of 3 Suzuka 8
hours wins (1997,1998,2000). Both riders will be working with the same
crews as they have done over the last few years. Rossi with Jerry Burgess
and Ukawa with Trevor Morris. (Burgess brings with him to the Repsol Honda
Team an enviable record of seven world championships - 5 with **** Doohan
and one a piece with Wayne Gardner and Rossi (2001). Hopes are high that
the riders will be able to add to Hondas total of 525 GP victories and 156
in the 500cc/MotoGP premier class.


Valentino Rossi
"I love challenges. I enjoy riding a motorcycle and
winning. I did this with 125cc, with 250cc and with the NSR500. Now I face
a new challenge with the RCV. The whole team has worked really hard over
the winter on getting the bike ready to race. Of course so much of this is
all new territory but we are getting there. All winter I have been racing
against the clock. I am looking forward to racing against racers. That is
what I do best. I am also curious as to how everyone will perform. This is
an exciting time for GP racing. "


Tohru Ukawa
"I'm so looking forward to this season. I raced in 250cc
GP's for 5 years and rode the NSR500 last year. I don't think I've ever
felt as prepared as I do at this stage ever before. I'd put it down to the
bike being pretty good from the start. We've spent a lot of time working on
different set ups. Suspension and tyres especially. So now we look forward
to Suzuka which is my home track and one I really like riding. We have a
long hard season ahead of us but I have a great new bike and a team I feel
very at home with. "


Suzuka last year 2002 Championship
Starting Grid
Race Results Standings to date
1 Capirossi 2'04.777 1 Rossi 44'51.501 1
-- 00'00.000
2 Nakano 2'05.588 2 McCoy 44'52.225 2 --
00'00.000
3 Biaggi 2'05.703 3 Biaggi 44'52.457 3 --
00'00.000
4 McCoy 2'05.833 4 Abe 44'52.677 4 --
00'00.000
5 Ukawa 2'05.924 5 Nakano 44'54.757 5 --
00'00.000
6 Abe 2'05.927 6 Barros 45'06.016 6 --
00'00.000
7 Rossi 2'06.140 7 Roberts 45'14.377 7 --
00'00.000
8 Barros 2'06.295 8 Capirossi 45'20.233 8 --
00'00.000
9 Roberts 2'06.469 9 Criville 45'25.979 9 --
00'00.000
10 Haga 2'06.597 10 Checa 45'45.266 10 --
00'00.000
11 Criville 2'06.714 11 v d Goorbergh 45'50.189
11 -- 00'00.000
12 Checa 2'06.858 12 Aoki 46'08.839 12 --
00'00.000
13 Cardosa 2'06.993 13 Haslam 46'09.182 13
-- 00'00.000
14 Gibernau 2'07.121 14 n/a - 14 -- 00'00.000
15 Ryo 2'07.580 15 n/a - 15 -- 00'00.000
16 v d Goorbergh 2'08.419 16 n/a - 16 -- 00'00.000
17 Aoki 2'08.906 17 n/a - 17 -- 00'00.000
18 Walker 2'09.129 18 n/a - 18 -- 00'00.000
19 Jacque 2'09.409 19 n/a - 19 -- 00'00.000
20 Haslam 2'10.478 20 n/a - 20 -- 00'00.000

Lap Record: Tohru Ukawa 2001: 2'06.805s

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