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MOTORCYCLES: Rossi takes second at World GP, closes gap on Roberts

22 August 2000

2000 FIM 500cc Grand Prix Series, Round 11: Autodrom Brno, Brno, Czech Republic,
August 20, 2000

World 500 Grand Prix action resumed at the Czech Republic Grand Prix in Brno
Sunday, after nearly a month layoff. Honda riders once again packed the top-10
finishing positions, with Valentino Rossi's second-place on his Nastro Azzuro
NSR500 the best Honda placing. Victorious Italian Max Biaggi took the lead on
the second lap of the 22-lap race on the 3.3-mile Brno circuit and was never
threatened. Kenny Roberts Jr. finished fourth, and retains his points lead in
the championship chase.

Rossi had a fierce race-long duel with Australian Garry McCoy and his
spectacular full-on-sideways riding style. Loris Capirossi on the Emerson Pons
Honda rode to a heroic fifth place, despite a broken finger suffered in a crash
during Saturday's practice; the young Italian passed out from the pain when he
reached his pits after the race. Repsol Honda riders Sete Gibernau and reigning
world champion Alex Criville finished sixth and seventh, with their teammate
Tadayuki Okada coming home 10th.

Czech Republic 500 GP, Top Finishers

1. Max Biaggi - Yamaha

2. Valentino Rossi - Honda

3. Garry McCoy - Yamaha

4. Kenny Roberts Jr. - Suzuki

5. Loris Capirossi - Honda

6. Sete Gibernau - Honda

7. Alex Criville  - Honda

10. Tadayuki Okada - Honda

FIM 500cc GP Points Standings

1. Kenny Roberts Jr. - Suzuki - 174 points

2. Valentino Rossi - Honda - 132 points

3. Carlos Checa - Yamaha - 128 points

4. Loris Capirossi - Honda - 123 points

5. Norick Abe - Yamaha - 106 points

6. Alex Barros - Honda - 104 points

7. Alex Criville  - Honda - 97 points

11. Tadayuki Okada - Honda - 71 points

15. Sete Gibernau - Honda - 51 points