2002 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2002 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix was the first round of the 2002 MotoGP Championship. It took place on the weekend of 5–7 April 2002 at Suzuka. The race was historic in that it was the first race of the MotoGP class, with engine capacities raised to 990cc from 500cc.

Japan  2002 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 16 races in the
2002 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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Date7 April 2002
Official nameSKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan[1][2][3]
LocationSuzuka Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.821 km (3.617 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi
Time 2:04.226
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi
Time 2:19.105 on lap 21
Podium
First Italy Valentino Rossi
Second Japan Akira Ryō
Third Spain Carlos Checa
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Fonsi Nieto
Time 2:08.049
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Osamu Miyazaki
Time 2:25.896 on lap 16
Podium
First Japan Osamu Miyazaki
Second Japan Daisaku Sakai
Third France Randy de Puniet
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Dani Pedrosa
Time 2:13.957
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Stefano Bianco
Time 2:30.798 on lap 6
Podium
First France Arnaud Vincent
Second Italy Mirko Giansanti
Third San Marino Manuel Poggiali

MotoGP classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 46   Valentino Rossi Repsol Honda Team Honda 21 49:32.766 1 25
2 33   Akira Ryō Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 21 +1.550 7 20
3 7   Carlos Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 21 +8.353 4 16
4 72   Shinichi Ito Team HRC Honda 21 +10.829 3 13
5 6   Norifumi Abe Antena 3 Yamaha d'Antin Yamaha 21 +20.423 12 11
6 4   Alex Barros West Honda Pons Honda 21 +32.259 13 10
7 9   Nobuatsu Aoki Proton Team KR Proton KR 21 +39.633 15 9
8 55   Régis Laconi MS Aprilia Racing Aprilia 20 +1 lap 19 8
9 65   Loris Capirossi West Honda Pons Honda 20 +1 lap 2 7
10 74   Daijiro Kato Fortuna Honda Gresini Honda 20 +1 lap 6 6
11 31   Tetsuya Harada Pramac Honda Racing Team Honda 20 +1 lap 16 5
12 21   John Hopkins Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 16 +5 laps 18 4
Ret 11   Tohru Ukawa Repsol Honda Team Honda 18 Accident 11
Ret 56   Shinya Nakano Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 17 Accident 9
Ret 99   Jeremy McWilliams Proton Team KR Proton KR 16 Accident 21
Ret 15   Sete Gibernau Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 12 Accident 14
Ret 19   Olivier Jacque Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 12 Retirement 8
Ret 10   Kenny Roberts Jr. Telefónica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 6 Accident 10
Ret 3   Max Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 6 Accident 5
Ret 17   Jurgen van den Goorbergh Kanemoto Racing Honda 4 Retirement 20
Ret 8   Garry McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 2 Accident 17
DNQ 20   Pere Riba Antena 3 Yamaha d'Antin Yamaha Did not qualify
Sources: [4][5][6]

250 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 89   Osamu Miyazaki Yamaha 19 47:09.454 8 25
2 50   Daisaku Sakai Honda 19 +6.941 12 20
3 17   Randy de Puniet Aprilia 19 +29.020 2 16
4 7   Emilio Alzamora Honda 19 +45.300 6 13
5 9   Sebastián Porto Yamaha 19 +45.495 7 11
6 8   Naoki Matsudo Yamaha 19 +54.725 10 10
7 49   Choujun Kameya Honda 19 +1:00.572 22 9
8 4   Roberto Rolfo Honda 19 +1:02.287 14 8
9 6   Alex Debón Aprilia 19 +1:18.282 5 7
10 21   Franco Battaini Aprilia 19 +1:19.377 4 6
11 24   Toni Elías Aprilia 19 +1:31.481 11 5
12 92   Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 19 +1:50.269 13 4
13 10   Fonsi Nieto Aprilia 19 +1:56.005 1 3
14 51   Hugo Marchand Aprilia 19 +2:06.670 26 2
15 22   Raúl Jara Aprilia 18 +1 lap 20 1
16 15   Roberto Locatelli Aprilia 18 +1 lap 9
Ret 11   Haruchika Aoki Honda 18 Accident 17
Ret 19   Leon Haslam Honda 16 Retirement 25
Ret 25   Vincent Philippe Aprilia 14 Accident 23
Ret 3   Marco Melandri Aprilia 13 Accident 3
Ret 41   Jarno Janssen Honda 9 Accident 27
Ret 18   Shahrol Yuzy Yamaha 7 Accident 18
Ret 12   Jay Vincent Honda 4 Accident 24
Ret 76   Taro Sekiguchi Yamaha 2 Accident 21
Ret 48   Shinichi Nakatomi Honda 1 Accident 19
Ret 32   Héctor Faubel Aprilia 1 Accident 28
Ret 27   Casey Stoner Aprilia 0 Accident 15
DNS 42   David Checa Aprilia 0 Did not start 16
DNQ 28   Dirk Heidolf Aprilia Did not qualify
Source: [7]

125 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 21   Arnaud Vincent Aprilia 18 46:22.971 14 25
2 6   Mirko Giansanti Honda 18 +1.164 19 20
3 1   Manuel Poggiali Gilera 18 +2.558 7 16
4 9   Noboru Ueda Honda 18 +3.479 11 13
5 16   Simone Sanna Aprilia 18 +10.188 17 11
6 66   Shuhei Aoyama Honda 18 +23.056 20 10
7 47   Ángel Rodríguez Aprilia 18 +23.653 13 9
8 26   Dani Pedrosa Honda 18 +33.488 1 8
9 4   Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia 18 +34.285 3 7
10 23   Gino Borsoi Aprilia 18 +47.304 4 6
11 7   Stefano Perugini Italjet 18 +1:01.770 27 5
12 12   Klaus Nöhles Honda 18 +1:06.064 30 4
13 25   Joan Olivé Honda 18 +1:28.936 18 3
14 19   Alex Baldolini Aprilia 18 +1:36.264 33 2
15 17   Steve Jenkner Aprilia 18 +1:56.859 8 1
16 80   Héctor Barberá Aprilia 18 +2:11.594 28
17 31   Mattia Angeloni Gilera 18 +2:14.164 37
18 20   Imre Tóth Honda 18 +2:17.104 35
19 46   Suhathai Chaemsap Honda 18 +2:35.641 21
Ret 33   Stefano Bianco Aprilia 15 Accident 6
Ret 65   Toshihisa Kuzuhara Honda 14 Accident 36
Ret 18   Jakub Smrž Honda 13 Accident 22
Ret 41   Youichi Ui Derbi 12 Accident 12
Ret 57   Chaz Davies Aprilia 12 Accident 32
Ret 39   Jaroslav Huleš Aprilia 7 Accident 9
Ret 50   Andrea Ballerini Honda 7 Accident 26
Ret 36   Mika Kallio Honda 7 Accident 16
Ret 5   Masao Azuma Honda 6 Accident 5
Ret 34   Andrea Dovizioso Honda 6 Accident 25
Ret 8   Gábor Talmácsi Italjet 5 Retirement 31
Ret 84   Michel Fabrizio Gilera 5 Retirement 34
Ret 10   Jarno Müller Honda 5 Accident 24
Ret 67   Hideyuki Ogata Honda 4 Accident 23
Ret 22   Pablo Nieto Aprilia 3 Accident 2
Ret 15   Alex de Angelis Aprilia 1 Accident 15
Ret 11   Max Sabbatani Aprilia 0 Accident 10
Ret 68   Akira Komuro Honda 0 Accident 29
Source: [8]

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round one has concluded.[9]

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2002 Japanese MotoGP". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Suzuka Circuit - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 2002". Archive.today. 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. ^ "2002 Japanese MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  5. ^ "SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan – MotoGP – Race Classification" (PDF). MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 7 April 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ "JAPANESE GRAND PRIX · MotoGP Race Classification 2002". Motogp.com. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  7. ^ "SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan – 250cc – Race Classification" (PDF). MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 7 April 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ "SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan – 125cc – Race Classification" (PDF). MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 7 April 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2002. Retrieved 2019-08-22.


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