2002 German motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2002 German motorcycle Grand Prix was the ninth round of the 2002 MotoGP Championship. It took place on the weekend of 19–21 July 2002 at the Sachsenring.

Germany  2002 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 16 races in the
2002 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Sachsenring (Rennkurs).svg
Date21 July 2002
Official nameCinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland[1][2]
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.704 km (2.302 mi)
Pole position
Rider France Olivier Jacque Yamaha
Time 1:25.758
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi Honda
Time 1:26.226 on lap 29
First Italy Valentino Rossi Honda
Second Italy Max Biaggi Yamaha
Third Japan Tohru Ukawa Honda
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Fonsi Nieto Aprilia
Time 1:26.874
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Roberto Rolfo Honda
Time 1:27.234 on lap 4
First Italy Marco Melandri Aprilia
Second Italy Roberto Rolfo Honda
Third Argentina Sebastián Porto Yamaha
125 cc
Pole position
Rider France Arnaud Vincent Aprilia
Time 1:29.097
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia
Time 1:29.486 on lap 3
First France Arnaud Vincent Aprilia
Second San Marino Alex de Angelis Aprilia
Third Germany Steve Jenkner Aprilia

MotoGP race reportEdit

This race was most notable for the hard-fought battle between the two-and four-strokes all around the circuit, the fight between Barros, Jacque and Ukawa for the win in the early stage and Rossi and Jacque in the second stage of the race.

Valentino Rossi has already built up a solid lead over the rest after eight rounds, leading the title hunt with 195 points. In second is his teammate Tohru Ukawa with 108 points and third is Max Biaggi with 89 points.

On Saturday, Olivier Jacque took pole position on the two-stroke Yamaha with a time of 1:25.758 - his first pole position of 2002 and immediately his last of the season and his career. Second is Shinya Nakano, only being +0.080 seconds behind, then Max Biaggi in third +.0.117 seconds behind and in fourth Alex Barros who is +0.198 seconds behind. On the second row of the grid is Tohru Ukawa in fifth, teammate Valentino Rossi in sixth, Jeremy McWilliams in seventh and Garry McCoy in eighth.[3] Akira Ryō enters as a wildcard for this race,[4] José Luis Cardoso replaces Pere Riba who is still rehabilitating from a fracture on his left tibia after a fall during Saturday practice at the British round,[5] Yukio Kagayama replaces Kenny Roberts Jr. who is still recovering from a surgery on his right arm[6] and John Hopkins does not participate in the race after a crash at the final practice session caused him to injure his left hand and required surgery to be fixed.[7]

All riders take off and do their usual warm-up lap before lining up in their respective grid slots. As the lights go out, Biaggi has a good start and moves into the lead heading into the Coca-Cola Kurve (Turn 1), followed by Ukawa who goes from fifth to second and slots right behind Biaggi. Barros, who initially looked to be bogged down a bit and lost some positions, regained them and goes up into third after a lunge into the first corner. Jacque loses three positions and has to stick with fourth, his teammate Nakano right behind him in fifth. Sixth is Norifumi Abe, who overtook multiple riders from fourteenth on the grid. Rossi meanwhile did not have a good start, losing three places and finding himself stuck down in ninth behind Daijiro Kato at sector one on the opening lap. In the sext few corners, both Ukawa and Barros manage to get by Biaggi - the Japanese for the lead and the Brazilian for second. Biaggi is now coming under attack from Jacque as well. At the Sachsen Kurve (Turn 13), Rossi easily goes up the inside of Kato and takes eighth place, the airhorns blasting as he does so. Carlos Checa is now also right behind Kato, not yet making a move.

On lap two, both Jacque and Nakano have overtaken Biaggi, promoting them to third and fourth position. At the start/finish straight, he loses another position to Abe, who overtakes both McWilliams and Biaggi to move up into fifth spot entering the Coca-Cola Kurve. Biaggi is now sixth and McWilliams seventh. Behind them, Kato makes a late lunge and overtakes Rossi around the outside heading into the Coca-Cola Kurve and entering Turn 2 for eighth. Ukawa and Barros have now opened up a gap to the Gauloises Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Jacque and Nakano in third and fourth. Exiting turn 9, Rossi passes Kato and takes eighth place. Heading into the Sachsen Kurve, Barros tries to dive down Ukawa's inside but isn't quite able to, the airhorns blowing in the background. Further back, Checa also tries to pass Kato on the straight heading up to the corner but isn't able to get past.

Lap three and Barros sets the fastest lap of the race. McWilliams then surprises Biaggi by passing him on the inside heading into the Coca-Cola Kurve for sixth place, Rossi also trying to get by but having to slot behind Biaggi for the time being. At Turns 10 and 11, Barros is now very close to Ukawa but isn't able to make a move at any of the remaining corners or straights. McWilliams is also right behind Abe but is not able to get past at the Queckenberg Kurve (Turn 14).

On lap four, Biaggi blasts past McWilliams on the start/finish straight, the Englishman then retaking the position by outbraking him going into the Coca-Cola Kurve. Turning the bike, he has a slight moment, forcing Biaggi wide and opening the door for Rossi to take seventh as he also tries and succeeds in making a move. At Turn 11 and 12, Barros is once again very close and tries to send it down the inside, not being able to pass and having to settle in second for now. Also at Turn 12, Rossi is right behind McWilliams but isn't able to get by, then both Rossi and Biaggi have a look up on the inside at the Queckenberg Kurve but still aren't able to pass.

Lap five and both Rossi and Biaggi easily pass McWilliams on the start/finish straight, Rossi immediately catching up on Abe in fifth spot. Jacque has by now slowly caught up to the fighting duo of Ukawa and Barros to make it a three-way battle for the lead. Barros then has a look at Ukawa's inside but opts to stay behind for now, getting close once again at Turns 11 and 12 but still not making a move. Rossi then tries to get by Abe at the Sachsen Kurve but fails, having to stay behind the Japanese for now.

On lap six, Jacque goes side-by-side with Barros and outbrakes him at the Coca-Cola Kurve, taking second position from him. Rossi now sets the fastest lap of the race. Also at the start/finish straight, Rossi overtakes Abe and moves up into fifth spot. By now, Nakano and Rossi have all closed up as well, making the fight for the lead a five-man battle. Barros goes up the inside of Jacque to take second entering Turn 12, with both Rossi and Biaggi making a pass on Nakano and Abe for fourth and sixth place at the Sachsen Kurve.

Lap seven and Biaggi has a look at Nakano's outside, choosing not to pass for now. At Turn 12, Barros throws it up the inside of Ukawa and takes the lead. At the subsequent straight, Barros, Ukawa, Jacque and Rossi go side-by-side but it is Jacque who makes good use of the situation to pass Ukawa and put himself up into second. Ukawa loses two places in just two corners, Rossi having to stay behind for the time being. Behind them, Biaggi also makes a late lunge to pass Nakano and take fifth.

On lap eight, the top six is as follows: Barros, Jacque, Ukawa, Rossi, Biaggi and Nakano. Cardoso has to enter the pits for a jump start, having to serve a stop-and-go penalty. At the straight before the Sachsen Kurve, Barros dangerously swerves from right to left, almost hitting Jacque in the process. Behind them, Rossi passes Repsol Honda teammate Ukawa and moves up into third at the Sachsen Kurve.

Lap nine and Biaggi tries to pass Ukawa as he brakes earlier at the start/finish straight, pushing him wide at the Coca-Cola Kurve. At the Sachsen Kurve, Jacque looks to be making a move but opts to stick behind Barros for the time being. Rossi has now also closed up on the pair in front of him.

On lap ten, Jacque again has a look up the inside of Barros at the start/finish straight but does not make a move for now. Exiting Turn 12, Rossi has to brake a little as the power difference of his four-stroke almost causes him to crash into the back of Jacque's two-stroke, thus not being able to overtake the Frenchman for now.

Lap eleven and Jacque is still all over the back of Barros. Rossi closes up on the Frenchman at the Sachsen Kurve but does not overtake. Checa also briefly has a look at Abe's rear but decides to stay behind for now.

On lap twelve, Checa has a peek up on the inside of Abe, not making the pass for the time being. On the previous lap, three riders have crashed out - Kato, Kagayama and teammate Sete Gibernau. Kato lies injured on the grass, the marshalls and Kagayama helping him out as another one removes his bike from the gravel and yet another one assists Gibernau. The reason for the collision is Gibernau going up the inside of Kato, collecting his rear and bringing down Kagayama alongside him. At the straight before the Sachsen Kurve, Rossi looks to be making a pass on Jacque but stays behind for the time being.

Lap thirteen and Checa now gets past Abe, outbraking him heading into the Coca-Cola Kurve. This promotes him up to sixth. Exiting the Coca-Cola Kurve and heading into Turn 2, Rossi runs wide and Ukawa goes through to third place. At the straight before the Sachsen Kurve, Rossi goes side-by-side and easily passes Ukawa to regain third. At the Queckenberg Kurve, Biaggi also goes up the inside of the Japanese to snatch fourth away from him.

On lap fourteen, Rossi looks to be making a pass on Jacque at the Sachsen Kurve but once again stays behind for the time being.

Lap fifteen - the halfway point of the race - and Biaggi easily passes Rossi on the start/finish straight for third position, 'The Doctor' waving at him as a signal to get by. At the Sachsen Kurve, Rossi then retakes the lead by diving down his inside and goes back up into third.

On lap sixteen, Rossi opens up a small gap to Biaggi and is now right up the rear of Jacque. At the straight before the Sachsen Kurve, Rossi tries to pass Jacque on the outside but isn't able to get by and has to stay behind in third.

Lap seventeen and Rossi has another peek up Jacque's inside coming up to the Coca-Cola Kurve, but stays behind. At the Sachsen Kurve, Rossi again tries to pass Jacque on the inside but just isn't able to.

On lap eighteen and the positions are still stable. At the straight before the entrance of the Sachsen Kurve, Ukawa tries to pass Biaggi - who has a bad exit - for fourth but fails and stays behind.

Lap nineteen and Rossi finally makes his move on Jacque at the start/finish straight, going up his inside and taking second from him at the Coca-Cola Kurve. At the exit of Turn 12, Rossi then blasts past Barros on the outside, taking over the lead of the race entering the Sachsen Kurve.

On lap twenty, the top six is as follows: Rossi, Barros, Jacque, Biaggi, Ukawa and Checa. At Turns 11 and 12, Barros closes up on Rossi but the Italian manages to ride away on the straight, the difference between the two and four-strokes being very obvious there.

Lap twenty-one and Jacque now overtakes Barros at the start/finish straight for second spot, going up his inside and outbraking him at the Coca-Cola Kurve. Exiting Turn 9, Jacque has a slight moment which unsettles his bike a bit. At Turns 11 and 12, the Frenchman closes up but the power difference of the four-stroke Repsol Honda makes all the difference in the next straight.

On lap twenty-two, Jacque has another moment entering the Coca-Cola Kurve. However, he manages to stay right behind Rossi and harasses him all throughout the lap. At the Sachsen Kurve, Jacque carries more corner speed and manages to exit it better than Rossi but is still not able to go by.

Lap twenty-three Jacque is now all over the rear of Rossi yet loses out on the straights, causing him to stay behind once more.

On lap twenty-four, Jacque tries to take a tighter line at Karthallen (Turn 8) but still isn't able to get past Rossi.

Lap twenty-five and Barros has now come back into the fight, making it a three-way battle for the lead. Just behind him is Biaggi in fourth. At Turn 9, Rossi makes a mistake and goes wide, immediately being overtaken by Jacque and Barros, demoting him to third. Jacque has now retaken the lead of the race. At the Sachsen Kurve, Rossi tries to take second as quick as he can but cannot get past and has to stay behind in third for now.

On lap twenty-six, Biaggi now tries to pass Rossi around the outside of the Coca-Cola Kurve, Rossi forcing him wide and keeping the position. Heading into the Karthallen, Jacque has a moment and that unsettles his bike a bit. Abe in seventh is now also putting pressure on Checa, exiting Turn 9 with a shorter line and trying to go side-by-side with the Spaniard. The two-strokes of Jacque and Barros are now opening up a gap to third place Rossi on the four-stroke.

Lap twenty-seven and Barros tries to line up a pass at the entrance of the Sachsen Kurve, not being able to and choosing to stay behind for the time being.

On lap twenty-eight, Rossi sets the fastest lap of the race. At the entrance of the Coca-Cola Kurve, Barros makes a dive down Jacque's inside to take over the lead of the race. However, exiting the corner, he loses the front end and collects Jacque as well, the duo sliding into the gravel trap and ending their races effectively. This now gives Rossi the lead of the race and promotes Biaggi and Ukawa into second and third place. Jacque is being carried away by the marshalls, still being able to slowly walk while Barros walks away unhurt on his own.

Lap twenty-nine, the penultimate lap, and Rossi has opened up a slight gap to Biaggi, the Italian being hounded by Ukawa himself. Checa is now fourth, Abe fifth and Nakano sixth.

Rossi crosses the line to start the final lap - lap thirty - and he sets the fastest lap of the race. He has a minor moment exiting Turn 12 as Nakano dives down the inside of Abe at the Sachsen Kurve to take fifth spot. Rossi has no problems, exits the Queckenberg Kurve and does a little wheelie whilst crossing the line to win the race - his eighth win of the season and ninth consecutive podium finish so far. In second place is Biaggi, third is Ukawa and Checa pips a charging Nakano for fourth place. The Japanese rider is fifth and sixth is Abe.

On the parade lap back to parc-fermé, fans have invaded the track. Rossi and others try to dodge them as he raises his arm to celebrate the win.

The riders make their way onto the podium, the first one to appear being Ukawa, then a happy Biaggi and a delighted Rossi, the fans cheering loudly as he shows up and screaming "Vale! Vale!" as well. The important figures hand out the trophies - first to Ukawa, then to Biaggi and eventually Rossi, the Italian kissing and raising it up as a sign of victory as the fans cheer and sing. The Italian national anthem plays for Rossi. As it stops, the podium girls hand out the champagne and Biaggi cheekily sprays one of the girls, as do Rossi and Ukawa, before spraying at the crowd and each other.

Rossi's victory, Biaggi's second place and Ukawa's third place now means Rossi increases his lead at the top of the standings. He has 220 points, followed by Ukawa in a distant second with 124 points and Biaggi in third with 109 points.

MotoGP classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 46   Valentino Rossi Repsol Honda Team Honda 30 43:32.783 6 25
2 3   Max Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 30 +0.730 3 20
3 11   Tohru Ukawa Repsol Honda Team Honda 30 +1.100 5 16
4 7   Carlos Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 30 +2.330 10 13
5 56   Shinya Nakano Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 30 +2.743 2 11
6 6   Norifumi Abe Antena 3 Yamaha d'Antin Yamaha 30 +2.780 14 10
7 99   Jeremy McWilliams Proton Team KR Proton KR 30 +15.438 7 9
8 9   Nobuatsu Aoki Proton Team KR Proton KR 30 +18.980 13 8
9 8   Garry McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 30 +19.269 8 7
10 66   Alex Hofmann West Honda Pons Honda 30 +34.533 18 6
11 33   Akira Ryō Team Suzuki Suzuki 30 +34.592 20 5
12 17   Jurgen van den Goorbergh Kanemoto Racing Honda 30 +45.404 17 4
13 30   José Luis Cardoso Antena 3 Yamaha d'Antin Yamaha 30 +1:16.460 19 3
Ret 19   Olivier Jacque Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 27 Collision 1
Ret 4   Alex Barros West Honda Pons Honda 27 Collision 4
Ret 55   Régis Laconi MS Aprilia Racing Aprilia 25 Accident 15
Ret 31   Tetsuya Harada Pramac Honda Racing Team Honda 16 Retirement 16
Ret 51   Yukio Kagayama Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 10 Accident 11
Ret 74   Daijiro Kato Fortuna Honda Gresini Honda 10 Accident 9
Ret 15   Sete Gibernau Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 10 Accident 12
DNS 21   John Hopkins Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha Did not start
Sources: [8][9][10]

250 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3   Marco Melandri Aprilia 22 32:12.725 2 25
2 4   Roberto Rolfo Honda 22 +0.181 4 20
3 9   Sebastián Porto Yamaha 22 +2.150 6 16
4 10   Fonsi Nieto Aprilia 22 +8.471 1 13
5 15   Roberto Locatelli Aprilia 22 +15.565 3 11
6 24   Toni Elías Aprilia 22 +29.543 9 10
7 8   Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 22 +29.857 10 9
8 21   Franco Battaini Aprilia 22 +29.890 5 8
9 26   Ralf Waldmann Aprilia 22 +38.653 14 7
10 6   Alex Debón Aprilia 22 +40.533 8 6
11 18   Shahrol Yuzy Yamaha 22 +42.231 17 5
12 28   Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 22 +59.989 16 4
13 19   Leon Haslam Honda 22 +1:00.304 18 3
14 12   Jay Vincent Honda 22 +1:00.434 19 2
15 42   David Checa Aprilia 22 +1:00.569 20 1
16 76   Taro Sekiguchi Yamaha 22 +1:01.011 25
17 22   Raúl Jara Aprilia 22 +1:02.851 21
18 32   Héctor Faubel Aprilia 22 +1:24.583 26
19 53   Max Neukirchner Honda 21 +1 lap 28
Ret 25   Vincent Philippe Aprilia 19 Retirement 15
Ret 11   Haruchika Aoki Honda 15 Accident 11
Ret 17   Randy de Puniet Aprilia 14 Accident 7
Ret 51   Hugo Marchand Aprilia 11 Retirement 23
Ret 77   Thierry vd Bosch Aprilia 10 Retirement 24
Ret 54   Nico Kehrer Honda 8 Retirement 29
Ret 7   Emilio Alzamora Honda 6 Accident 13
Ret 41   Jarno Janssen Honda 4 Accident 22
Ret 27   Casey Stoner Aprilia 1 Retirement 12
Ret 52   Christian Gemmel Honda 1 Retirement 27
Source: [11]

125 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 21   Arnaud Vincent Aprilia 27 40:40.023 1 25
2 15   Alex de Angelis Aprilia 27 +0.108 4 20
3 17   Steve Jenkner Aprilia 27 +9.995 7 16
4 1   Manuel Poggiali Gilera 27 +9.996 2 13
5 22   Pablo Nieto Aprilia 27 +10.160 6 11
6 16   Simone Sanna Aprilia 27 +16.018 3 10
7 26   Dani Pedrosa Honda 27 +16.826 8 9
8 41   Youichi Ui Derbi 27 +23.921 11 8
9 36   Mika Kallio Honda 27 +24.004 10 7
10 23   Gino Borsoi Aprilia 27 +24.263 12 6
11 25   Joan Olivé Honda 27 +24.807 15 5
12 6   Mirko Giansanti Honda 27 +24.858 16 4
13 34   Andrea Dovizioso Honda 27 +40.540 13 3
14 47   Ángel Rodríguez Aprilia 27 +40.695 9 2
15 5   Masao Azuma Honda 27 +40.943 21 1
16 12   Klaus Nöhles Honda 27 +48.829 22
17 48   Jorge Lorenzo Derbi 27 +48.856 19
18 8   Gábor Talmácsi Honda 27 +49.181 14
19 19   Alex Baldolini Aprilia 27 +1:01.949 17
20 57   Chaz Davies Aprilia 27 +1:03.125 23
21 80   Héctor Barberá Aprilia 27 +1:09.270 29
22 11   Max Sabbatani Aprilia 27 +1:09.710 18
23 84   Michel Fabrizio Gilera 27 +1:10.104 25
24 28   Ivan Goi Aprilia 27 +1:24.892 28
25 20   Imre Tóth Honda 27 +1:24.940 26
26 77   Thomas Lüthi Honda 27 +1:28.884 33
27 31   Mattia Angeloni Gilera 27 +1:31.361 34
28 72   Dario Giuseppetti Honda 27 +1:31.627 24
29 73   Claudius Klein Honda 27 +1:32.292 30
30 92   Patrick Unger Honda 27 +1:32.384 31
31 74   Jascha Büch Honda 26 +1 lap 35
32 76   Matěj Smrž Honda 26 +1 lap 37
33 93   Manuel Mickan Honda 26 +1 lap 32
Ret 7   Stefano Perugini Italjet 15 Retirement 20
Ret 50   Andrea Ballerini Honda 14 Retirement 27
Ret 4   Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia 13 Accident 5
Ret 42   Christian Pistoni Italjet 7 Retirement 36
Source: [12]

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round nine has concluded.[13]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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