Valentino Rossi swept to a well-deserved victory in Jerez, Spain, today.
Fighting back after an early clash with Suzuki’s KennyRobererts he closed back up to the front and a dice with his Repsol Honda team-mate Tohru Ukawa. But with a handful of laps remaining the Italian swept by to make it back-to-back Jerez victories for the series leader.
But it wasn’t an RCV one-two. Daijiro Katoh split the two four-strokes on the Fortuna NSR500.
And while Hondas took the first five places home, it was a dreadful day at the office for Marlboro Yamaha. Max Biaggi was black-flagged for jumping the start and Carlos Checa broke down three laps form the end.
Rossi now leads the championship by 29 points over second place Ukawa on 41 points.
1)V Rossi 2)D Katoh 3) T Ukawa 4) L Capirossi 5) A Barros 6) N Abe 7) N Aoki 8) K Roberts 9) S Gibernau 10) T Harada
1)F. Nieto 2) R Rolfo 3) E Alzamora 4) F Battaini 5) R Locatelli 6) C Stoner 7) S Porto 8) A Debon 9) M Matsudo 10) T Elias
1)L Cechinello 2) A Vincent 3) S Jenkner 4) D Pedrosa 5) M Kallio 6) Y Ui 7) A Sanna 8) M Azuma 9) J Olive 10) M Poggiali